THURSTONLAND First School is losing its head teacher.
Mrs Sue Nutton is leaving after 12 years in charge.
She came to the school after working at Gilthwaites First School in her home village of Denby Dale.
Before working at Gilthwaites, Mrs Nutton had taken a break to bring up a family.
Before that, she had worked at schools in Barnsley for 13 years.
She said: "It has been a fantastic experience. I have loved being part of the community of Thurstonland and Stocksmoor.
"The school has changed a lot with building work, but we have had successes.
"I've loved every minute, but it's the right time to leave. I plan to have a rest and enjoy the future, possibly go travelling."
Parents, staff and local residents attended a service at Thurstonland Church to mark Mrs Nutton's retirement.
They also held a barbecue at the cricket club.