Culworth and Boddington primary academies said farewell to head Suzanne Lawrence at the end of the Christmas term.
Mrs Lawrence joined the school in 2005 after a career spanning 35 years helping to develop education across Northamptonshire.
She oversaw the federation of the two primaries in 2012 and then managed the transition to academy status.
Married with two children, both of whom are teachers, Mrs Lawrence said it would be interesting to see how the education of her two grandchildren would unfold.
“I have been very fortunate to have had the wonderful help and support from all my staff, children, parents, governors and outside agencies during my time as head teacher,” she said.
“I feel very privileged to have worked with such a great team and wish them all a happy, healthy and fantastic future.”
At Mrs Lawrence’s leaving event, chair of governors, Gill Nunn, said the governors had played their part in the growth of the schools in support of Mrs Lawrence’s vision and wished her a very happy retirement. She thanked Mrs Lawrence for the sound foundation laid for the incoming executive head.
Mrs Lawrence trained at Northampton Teacher College and started her career at Pattishall CE Primary School in September 1977.
“At Pattishall I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to become deputy head and acting headteacher,” she said.
“I was then appointed as deputy headteacher at Barry Primary School in Northampton, a very large primary school with a designated special unit for children with physical disabilities.
“I came to Culworth CE Primary School as headteacher in September 2005. In 2010 I became a local leader of education with the National College and supported other schools in Northamptonshire.
“Culworth federated with Boddington School in 2012 and I became the executive headteacher of both schools. In 2013 we became part of a multi-academy trust under a local collaborative trust with Chacombe, St Loys, Chipping Warden, King Sutton and Middleton Cheney primaries.”
Mrs Nunn said: “Mrs Lawrence has worked with the staff teams in both schools to develop their skills and careers for the benefit of the pupils and over the ensuing school years to see the blossoming of the staff and the opportunities to share teaching and learning, school outings and activities and for the children to make new friends and have wider experiences.”