A HEADTEACHER who turned a West Drayton school from needing 'special measures' to 'outstanding' is to retire.
Adrian Ingham has been in charge at West Drayton Primary School at West Drayton, since agreeing to take over for just six weeks. Ten years later, he is leaving to pursue other interests.
These include studying for a master's degree in languages.
His former colleagues paid tribute to his work. Deputy headteacher Richard Yates, who will be taking over from Mr Ingham in September, said: "West Drayton was without a headteacher for a while. I think when he saw the school, he was motivated, and saw a chance to change things.
"It was a school that went into special measures 10 years ago, but his hard work culminated in an outstanding 2007 OFSTED report.
"Since he has been here, a completely new nursery has been built, with a new early years playground. The whole school has been landscaped and we have a new library.
"He has revamped the school. He thought that if the children see how nice it is they will respect it."
Mr Ingham was presented with leaving gifts last Friday, after each class in turn staged an assembly in his honour during the week.