A headteacher is sad to be leaving the first primary school she ran behind but says it is "time for a change".

Sarah White had moved up from deputy headteacher to headteacher of Coates Lane Primary School in Barnoldswick, but is now moving on to new pastures as the school closes for the summer holidays today.

The headteacher and mother said she is sad to leave the school where she has worked since 2007, but that it is time for a change.

She said: “It’s tremendously sad for me, everyone here is like family.

"I moved to Lancashire from Wales to take the job at this school, they aren’t just my colleagues, they are all my friends.

“I am so sad to be leaving the school and community of Barnoldswick, it’s such a lovely town to work in.

“It is now time for change, for someone else to come in enjoy their time here as much as I have.”

Sarah is moving on to be the headteacher of Waddington & West Bradford Primary School and Brennands Endowed Primary School in Slaidburn.

Mrs White made the news during the lockdown when she penned a letter to the parents of Coates Lane, explaining that she too was struggling with managing work and home schooling.

The letter got a huge response on social media, with many commending the gesture.

The school staff had a leaving event for Sarah and an assembly to let former staff members and pupils say goodbye to her is also being held.