FOLLOWING a long and successful career in education, Anne Michelmore-Brown has retired following forty years of teaching, thirty-two of which have been in her role as headteacher of Giggleswick Primary School.

During this time, Ms Michelmore-Brown has inspired and helped children, colleagues and parents alike in a career that began at Giggleswick Primary in 1979, then continued at a preparatory school in Lytham St Annes, followed by Settle Middle School, where she became head of English and special needs, before finally returning to Giggleswick in 1987 as headteacher.

Colleague Emma Thomspon said: "Constantly adapting to the many educational changes and initiatives over the years, Anne has always put the education and well-being of the children in her care first and foremost; thus she leaves at a time when Giggleswick Primary School has moved forward to become part of the Ribblesdale Federation, alongside partner schools, Hellifield and Long Preston. 

"Many readers will remember her fondly as an enthusiastic, caring and committed professional who has always retained a large teaching commitment in order to do what she loves best – teaching.

"She has always endeavoured to maintain close links with secondary schools, mainly Settle College, to ensure a smooth transition for pupils as they make the next step from primary to secondary school.  As a leader in education, she has played an active role in the North Craven Cluster of Schools, which she has chaired so wisely for many years."

Ms Michelmore-Brown was given an emotional send-off at a small gathering following a school production at the Richard Whiteley Theatre at the end of term.

Richard Wright, headteacher of neighbouring Settle Primary School, said Ms Michelmore-Brown will be missed by everyone.

He said: “Anne has been one of the longest and most successful serving headteachers in North Yorkshire. I have always found her to be very supportive of colleagues and keen to put the needs of the children first.

"Anne has been extremely hardworking, conscientious and dedicated to her school and the community. Anne will be much missed by everyone who has had the pleasure to work alongside her and she will be a hard act to follow”.