Teacher's tribute to school

Published: 29 Mar 2012 16:00

ONE of Inverclyde's most celebrated head teachers has paid tribute to an east end school that helped shape her career.

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Aileymill Primary head Isabel Lind spoke to the Telegraph about King's Glen, a school that has been celebrated in a new book by a former pupil.

Since starting out as a teacher in the 1970s, Mrs Lind has dedicated her life to her pupils, helping them to fulfil their potential and believe in themselves.

But she says it was the children and staff at King's Glen that taught her so much.

Disabled man John Easdale has written a book about King's Glen from his bed to mark the passing of a school that was closed down seven years ago, with the building later demolished.

Mrs Lind, pictured, said: "The children and staff at King's Glen taught me so much, more than I could ever teach them. It was the most wonderful school with the most wonderful people. It was the families that made it so special. It was the most fantastic education for me as a teacher."

It was at King's Glen that Isabel first started to stand out as a leader, and was encouraged to try her hand at public speaking.

She was soon taking pupils to London to take part in national music festivals, opening up a whole new world to her pupils from the east end.

Isabel said: "I will never forget a boy in primary seven turning to me after we had won something and saying, they won't say we are a bad school now. That will stay with me for the rest of my life."

King's Glen Primary closed in 2004 following a merger with Oakfield Primary to form King's Oak, in the former Oakfield building.

The former King's Glen building has since been used by other schools during the mass refurbishment programme.

Former pupil John Easdale has been overwhelmed by the response from former pupils, staff and local residents since he published his book.

All the money raised will go to Ardgowan Hospice. To get a copy of the book, email john at john.easdale@talktalk.net

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