One of Whitby’s longest serving teachers is set to close the classroom door for the last time as she retires at the end of this term.
Ros Barningham has been at Seton School in Staithes for 28 years and spent the last 24 years as headteacher.
However, her teaching career in the town stretches way beyond that. Ros started teaching at East Whitby School in 1970. She left in 1973 to have her elder daughter Sarah and then Louise -both of whom have followed her footsteps into the teaching profession.
From 1977 she returned as a supply teacher then joined West Cliff Primary on a part-time basis in 1983 until moving to Staithes school in 1988.
She said: “I liked working at Staithes, but I did other things alongside the job which gave me an added interest to my own personal development.”
Ros has been an advisor on performance management for the county council and has also acted as a consultant headteacher visiting various schools up and down the country.
Back at Staithes, Ros has overseen eight school extensions and the introduction of Ofsted inspections - she leaves Setonhaving been graded outstanding across the board.
She added: “I have seen a lot of changes and we all work as a team and are after the same thing - the best possible education and environment for children. I still love the job as much as I did. Teaching is what I always wanted to and have never wanted to do anything else.
“Another thing I have had to have is a sense of humour and fun. If you enjoy it, then it rubs off on the children.”
Past pupils and parents from all three schools Ros taught at are welcome to call into school to say goodbye on Monday March 21 and Tuesday March 22, 9.30am to 3pm.