‘Queen’ of Halewood retires in style

A much-loved and respected deputy headteacher who has been described as the “Queen” of her school received a surprise send-off as she retired after 32 years of teaching in Halewood.

Children and staff at Holy Family Primary School in Knowsley, lined Arncliffe Road to wave goodbye to Angela Rigby as she paraded down the street in a horse and cart.

Mrs Rigby, wearing a tiara and cape, was overjoyed with her send-off from the school where she has taught several generations of the same family.

Holy Family headteacher, Mr Quigley, said: “Every school needs a Mrs Rigby. She has made a huge impact on the children and families at Holy Family School over her 32 years in post.

“She is a passionate, fun and energetic teacher who seeks only the best in all that she does. She has been a great leader in the school too and has maintained our high expectations and standards by setting an excellent example for others to follow.

“She deserves this well earned retirement.”

The day was a total surprise for Mrs Rigby who said: “Holy Family School is such a special school, I have loved every one of my 32 years teaching there.

“It is the children, parents and staff that make Holy Family a pleasure to be a part of. 

“Making the decision to retire was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make as being part of such a wonderful community has been a huge part of mine and my families lives. It was such an amazing send off and one I will never forget.”

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