IT was the end of an era for Beacon Hill School as pupils and staff said goodbye to their headteacher Sue Walker after eight successful years in the post.

During that time the village school has gone from strength to strength.

A school spokesman said: “As well as being a vibrant and inspiring leader, Mrs Walker has implemented many practical and creative projects to enhance children’s learning, developing both the inside and outside space including extensions to classrooms, a new library, a jubilee garden and even a pirate ship!”

Children and staff at the school marked Mrs Walker’s departure by creating personalised bunting, making cards and holding a special assembly.

She was presented with gifts from the parent teachers association and staff.

Seven-year old Alfred Sabourn said: “I will really miss Mrs Walker because she’s always been there when we’ve needed her.”

Mrs Walker was deputy head at South Farnham School before she took up her headship at Beacon Hill.

She will spend her retirement in Warwickshire, leaving the school in the hands of Catherine Miller who will take up her headship from September.