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'Best boss you could wish for' retires as head
A headteacher described as “brilliant” by his colleagues is retiring after 35 years at the same school.
David Jakes, who bid a fond farewell on Friday, is the longest serving member of staff at Green Meadows school in Guiseley.
Mr Jakes was a 21-year-old straight out of college when he joined the school as a teacher 35 years ago. He worked his way up to become headteacher, and has been described by colleagues as “the best boss anyone could wish for”.
Green Meadows teacher director, Suzanne Molloy, said: “He has worked all his teaching life at this school. He has been a brilliant headteacher and is highly regarded by staff and students.
“His management skills are second to none because he manages to gain the respect of every single mem-ber of staff, and students as well.
“Over the years, he has had a very caring approach to his colleagues and to every student who has gone through the school.
“Lots of the students come back to visit because they have had such good time here and they remember him fondly. He is going to be greatly missed – he is like an institution.”
Staff presented Mr Jakes with a gift voucher so he can buy a piece of original artwork by Peter Brook.
Mr Jakes said: “I have many happy memories of my years at the school.
“I’ve worked with some wonderful young people and some dedicated and very special colleagues. I would like to thank everybody, and the parents, for all their support over the years.”