Much loved Harrogate headteacher retires after 18 years


Last updated Jul 22, 2022
Linda Mortimer surrounded by portraits of her done by pupils.

Linda Mortimer, the executive headteacher of Saltergate Schools in Harrogate for the past 18 years, retired today.

Ms Mortimer has worked in primary education for 34 years and today the school said it would like to thank her for all her “hard work, positivity, dedication, devotion and resolve over the 33 years at Saltergate”.

As headteacher Ms Mortimer has seen the introduction of a children’s centre, gateways, nursery, and the atelier area at Saltergate.

More recently in 2015, she was instrumental in the process of federating Saltergate Infant and Junior schools.

Mark Walker, chair of governors, paid Ms Mortimer this tribute:

“As headteacher she has ensured that personal development at Saltergate Schools is exceptional and that pupils benefit from a happy, safe, and caring environment, in which each individual is respected and valued.

“She has always gone above and beyond to ensure that pupils have access to a wide, rich set of experiences and opportunities to develop their talents and interests.”

Deputy headteacher Judith Hollywood added

“The development of our challenging, stimulating, broad and balanced curriculum led by Mrs Mortimer has ensured it is accessible to all and brings out the very best in our children.

“She has always led by example and worked with everyone within the school community to achieve our shared aims enabling us to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

The school said Ms Mortimer will be missed and wished her all the very best for a “long, happy and healthy retirement”.

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