A HEADTEACHER who has transformed a primary school is to step down after more than two decades in the role.

Richard Wild, who has led Thirsk Community Primary School since 1999, having previously served as a headteacher in County Durham, said he was proud to have created a school that provided an equal chance for every child.

The 60-year-old said while education standards had markedly risen at the 300-pupil school, it had become closely involved with the community and changes had been brought in to ensure children are not expected to pay for any activity.

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He said other notable changes at the school included the creation of SureStart and enhanced education centres, the installation of solar panels to generate £3,000 annually for the pupils and the development of a dynamic governing body.

Mr Wild said he would maintain his links with education after accepting a role as a governor at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College.

He said: “It is highly unusual for anyone to be a head teacher for more than 20 years, let alone 24.

“I could write a book about my memories here, but I don’t think I’m going to have the time.”