THE headteacher of a Cudworth primary school retired yesterday, leaving the school with a ‘good legacy’ and an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

Julie Allen became the headteacher of Birkwood 12 years ago and has been a teacher within local authorities for 24 years.

Her retirement assembly was held last Wednesday, outside in the school playground, and the Liverpool native described the experience as ‘perfect’ and ‘humbling’.

She told the Chronicle: “I’m incredibly proud of our school community and of all our children, parents, teachers and governors.

“I feel like I’m leaving the school with a good legacy – there’s a few highlights.

“The ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report was a highlight to me, as was Birkwood Brass because they had the opportunity to perform on The One Show and with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and the music legacy at the school is amazing.

“There’s something for absolutely everyone at Birkwood Primary School.”

Julie says she’ll now be taking time for herself and to spend time with her family following the birth of her grandson.

“I’m going to spend some time with my own family now,” she added.

“I like long-distance walking so hopefully when we’re allowed to I’ll be able to do the Mont Blanc walk.”