Headteacher to retire after thirty years

Head teacher Honour Byford retiring from Ryburn Valley High, Sowerby. Pictured with Joe Welsh, Megan Masters, Lottie Wilcocks, Daisy Stout and Corey Woodhead.
Head teacher Honour Byford retiring from Ryburn Valley High, Sowerby. Pictured with Joe Welsh, Megan Masters, Lottie Wilcocks, Daisy Stout and Corey Woodhead.
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This summer will see the end of an era as Ryburn Valley High School headtecher hands out her last set of exam results and says goodbye to pupils and staff.

Honor Byford is taking early retirement at the age of 58 to be with her family and move back to Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

“I started teaching English and drama at Ryburn in 1980,” said Mrs Byford.

“I took over as headteacher in 2008 and I have absolutely loved working here because it’s such a special community and the school has such a distinctive ethos.”

During her time at the school Mrs Byford has seen the building redeveloped entirely and the number of pupils rise from 600 to almost 1,500.

Speaking of her proudest moments as headteacher Mrs Byford said last year’s record exam results stood out.

“Getting the results we did last summer that broke all school records was a wonderful achievement for pupils and the staff,” she said.

“Leaving was a difficult decision to make but it is the right timing.”

Her final day will be on August 31 and governors are currently meeting to appoint a new headteacher.