School’s out for the summer

Barrowcliff Junior School Head Teacher Dave Evans, right, is presented with a variety of gifts by Mark Rogers. 1129155
Barrowcliff Junior School Head Teacher Dave Evans, right, is presented with a variety of gifts by Mark Rogers. 1129155

SCHOOL may be out for summer for thousands of Scarborough youngsters but one headteacher has left the classroom for the final time.

Dave Evans, headteacher at Barrowcliff School, will be a high-profile absentee when class resumes in September after ending his 22-year career at the school.

Mr Evans, 58, had been sharing joint headship responsibilities with Mark Rogers after the federation of Barrowcliff Junior School and Barrowcliff Nursery and Infant School last year.

He oversaw the huge redevelopment of the school which included new classrooms, kitchen and dining areas and reception space, and was treated to a big celebration from pupils and staff to mark his departure.

He said his tenure at the school had been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable and was convinced it would continue to make great strides.

He said: “It is a wonderful school and Barrowcliff has been a great place to work in.

“The local community have been fantastic and are such lovely people.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute at the school and never regretted making the move from Derby to come here.

“I’m also really pleased to see that I’m leaving the school with a very good headteacher in Mark Rogers.”

Mr Evans, who officially retires at the end of August, will continue in his role during the summer break to oversee the finalisation of the multi-million pound renovation.

However, he said his final day in the classroom with pupils proved a memorable and emotional occasion and thanked them and his colleagues for their kind gifts and words.

He said: “The school put together a video and there were lots of presentations on the day which were very nice. However, it was also a day for the Year Six pupils who were leaving and it was emotional for them too.

“I’ve never really had any time after August because of the start of the new school term so I’m just going to have a bit of time off and think about what I’d like to do in the future.”

However, despite leaving the classroom behind, he still had one eye on the future of education in Scarborough and was keen to see the maintenance of high standards.

He added: “I’ve seen many changes over the years but North Yorkshire have always been a good authority to work with.

“The new style Ofsted inspection which Barrowcliff Junior School received a few weeks ago was also an improvement and I would like that to continue.

“Another point is that I’d like to see the government stop micro-managing schools because the parents trust us in what we are doing and so do the governors.”

l Mr Evans is pictured, right, on the right of the photograph with Mark Rogers 1129155