A special tree has been planted to commemorate the long service of a headteacher.
On the last day of the school term, pupils were joined by staff and governors at Whitley Bay High School to plant the cherry tree in the school grounds to mark the work of outgoing headteacher Adam Chedburn.
Mr Chedburn announced he was retiring after 21 years as headteacher at the school.
As part of their farewell tribute, members of the school’s governing body funded the tree in Mr Chedburn’s honour.
Chairman of governors Paul Mitchell said: “The cherry tree will provide a lasting and fitting tribute to Adam Chedburn – an outstanding professional, passionate about education, who has done so much for successive generations of young people in the Whitley Bay area.”
Fellow governor Nick Wright added: “The tree will mature to be a lasting reminder of all that Adam and the school have achieved.
“Each spring as it flowers and autumn as it turns on its colourful show will mark another academic year passing, maturing as the students will themselves over the years to come.
“It’s all about nurturing the tree now, we have planted it with care, and will continue to water and feed it until it can stand by itself; all of which parallels what the school does for our children.”
Mr Chedburn said: “I am very delighted to have the chance to plant this lovely white cherry blossom tree which was presented by the governing body to mark the end of my time as headteacher.
“It will add to the wonderful environment created in the school by Dominque Haudiquet, our groundsman which is such a distinctive feature of working at Whitley Bay High School.”