A NURSERY school has bid a fond farewell to their headteacher of a decade.

Steph Collings retired from Tudhoe Moor Nursery School, in Spennymoor, last month.

Colleagues and families paid tribute to Mrs Collings– describing her as an inspirational leader of early years at the nursery and its Jack in the Box Day Care company.

On behalf of the staff, senior childcare practitioner Julie Wilson said: "She is loved, respected and admired by her staff, past and present, parents and the children.

"She has always supported staff and we hold in very high regard, will miss her and all wish her the very best for her future.

"She has been very involved with the community of Spennymoor and served on served on several boards and governing bodies of local schools and extended services in Spennymoor."

When she left, Mrs Collings donated an apple tree to the nursery's woodland garden.