Rosie’s round-the-world trip

PUBLISHED: 15:44 03 January 2013

Rosie McGough deputy head who is leaving after over years as a teacher.

Rosie McGough deputy head who is leaving after over years as a teacher.


A TEACHER is retiring after more than 37 years in the profession and embarking on a round-the-world trip.

Priory Community School’s Rosie McGough will jet off on a three-month tour of Fiji, China and other parts of Asia.

She has been responsible for managing student welfare and staff at the Worle school since 2008.

Rosie’s career began at an all-girls school in Liverpool, before she became a headteacher in a remote part of Western Kenya, helping to double the size of the school.

She has since spent most of her time in Somerset schools, including King Alfred in Highbridge, and has been senior vice-principal for the past four-and-a-half years at Priory.

The mother-of-three will return to work with maths students at the Queensway site when she arrives back from her trip.

Rosie said: “Education hasn’t changed that much since I started.

“The core principles haven’t really altered.

“It is still about supporting children in their way of development and being a good role model for them, often offering wisdom and listening to them. The students appreciate what you do for them.

“The highlights have been many, but the main thing is that it is all about the students and the journey that we walk with them.”

Priory principal Neville Coles added: “Having worked with Rosie in two schools for more than 15 years I cannot speak highly enough of her absolute dedication to students and staff.

“Our success is all about putting students first and Rosie typifies this approach.

“She is an outstanding teacher and an outstanding mentor. We will miss her greatly.”

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