School’s out for Sheffield headteacher

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School’s out forever for one Sheffield headteacher after 35 years of teaching.

Peter Escott, aged 59, is saying goodbye to Windmill Hill Primary School in Chapeltown, where he has been at the helm for seven years.

Having started teaching in 1980 at Woolley Wood Special School in Parson Cross, he has also been headteacher of Angram Bank School in High Green and set up the first integrated resource for children with special needs at Hartley Brook Primary School in Shiregreen.

Peter said: “It will be sad to say goodbye. I have loved working with the pupils, parents and carers at Windmill Hill. I have valued the support of the governing body and the commitment of the staff. I will miss them all.”

Peter says his greatest achievement in teaching is leaving Windmill Hill with the best key stage two results the primary has had, a good Ofsted report and as ‘a happy school’.

He said “I am proud I have made a difference.

“Standing at the school gates and seeing the younger children running into school with smiles on their faces is the most enjoyable part of the job.

“I’ve always felt I’ve been able to engage and communicate with children and it’s about making a difference in their lives.”

Peter, who is going to work with trainee teachers at Sheffield Hallam University, will say his goodbyes to the pupils in a special assembly this week.

He said: I have enjoyed appointing young teachers and seeing them flourish and become confident.”

Rachel Gillott, Windmill Hill chairman of governors, said: “Peter has been a great headteacher and helped us focus on our vision for a school, where every child has the opportunity to achieve.” 

Former Windmill Hill deputy headteacher Joanne Grantham – currently headteacher at William Levick School, Dronfield Woodhouse – is returning to the school to take on the top job.