HEADTEACHER Roy Hobbs said he had mixed emotions about leaving the school with the nickname “happy.”
Mr Hobbs is retiring from Highburton C of E First School after 21 years at the helm.
He said: “The children call it Highburton happy School and I have mixed emotions about going.
“Everyone has been really lovely – parents, children, staff and governors.
“The most important thing for me has been being so closely connected with the families in the village.
“It’s a very close-knit place where everyone knows everyone and I’ll miss that.
“The job has been really fun and I have enjoyed it so much.”
Mr Hobbs, who is originally from Hastings, East Sussex, did his teacher training in Bingley near Bradford.
He met wife-to-be Rita, who is from Huddersfield, and decided to settle in the area.
They moved to Shepley and he became deputy headteacher at Shepley First School before he moved to Highburton First School in 1987.
Children from Highburton made a DVD for him as a leaving gift, including a rendition of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine with special lyrics.
The school held a special assembly and staff joined him for a meal at the Woodman Inn at Thunderbridge.
Father-of-two and grandfather-of-two Mr Hobbs, 55, has taken a part-time role organising conferences for the National Association of Headteachers.
He will be succeeded as headteacher at the school by Lynne Rutter, current headteacher at Cumberworth First School.