Long-serving head hangs up her cape

Head teacher, Elaine Huckerby, is wished farewell by pupils, Lee Johnson, Abbie and Melissa Stubbins, Luke Starnes, Jack Purdie, Rachel Clapperton and Paige Curley.
Head teacher, Elaine Huckerby, is wished farewell by pupils, Lee Johnson, Abbie and Melissa Stubbins, Luke Starnes, Jack Purdie, Rachel Clapperton and Paige Curley.

GARIBALDI College headteacher Elaine Huckerby is hanging up her cape and hat after more than three decades in the teaching profession.

The 57-year-old will be given a fond farewell from students and staff this week with a special assembly and leaving party to mark her 13th year as headteacher and her 32 years at the Forest Town school.

Elaine began her career at Garibaldi in 1976 and after a brief spell as head of RE at Portland Comprehensive School in Worksop, she returned in 1980.

She has undertaken many roles at the school including being head of Humanities and she was appointed deputy headteacher in 1995 before becoming headteacher in 2000.

“I do feel very proud to be part of the Garibaldi community and I feel quite humbled and privileged to have been able to spend so many years in the same place,” she said.

“The thing I will miss most is the students, it really is a privilege to work with them, although there are challenges it is very rewarding but I’d like to thank parents and staff for all their support over the years.

“I think it is something about Mansfield people, they are all so friendly and down to earth, I bump into students with their parents who I also taught and they always say hello.”

Elaine has overseen a number of changes at the school including it becoming a specialist Maths and Computing college and the success of pupils at the recent Junior Enterprise event in Mansfield.

Helene Denesse, chairman of Governors at Garibaldi College, said she could not imagine the school without the long-serving headteacher.

“We will miss her tenacity and the fact that whatever anyone has thrown at the college she has overcome with determination and a smile,” she said.

“Most importantly Elaine has always kept the students at the heart of everything the college does.”

Elaine is taking a holiday in Canada with her husband and also plans to read and garden.