Pupils and staff at Knightswood Secondary bid a fond farewell to their inspirational head teacher as she retires after 40 years in the profession.

Kay Dingwall, who took charge of the school in May 2011, was treated to a musical send-off and cakes with pupils last Thursday.

She began her career as a biology science teacher at Vale of Leven Academy in 1978, before taking up a guidance post at Hermitage Academy in 1987 and being appointed head teacher of Cleveden Secondary in 2005.

Later at Knightswood, her efforts were recognised just two years into the job when she won the Scottish Head Teacher of the Year award in 2013, following nomination by the parent council.

Kay told the Post: “Leaving is very emotional and I’ll find it hard to walk out the door, but the past 40 years have been wonderful. I saved the best for last. I’ve loved all my jobs, but being at Knightswood has been absolutely great.

“It is such a unique school, with all sorts of pupils and it’s been about trying to make sure everybody feels included and gets the chance to be the best they can be. I’ve been so lucky because everybody has mucked in and made all the changes we have made in the last few years.”

Kay is now looking forward to spending more time with her two daughters, husband and her puppy, Archie, who she hopes to train as a therapy pet to help those in need.

She officially left on October 21 before successor Maura McNeil takes up the post on October 22.

Depute head teacher John Burns said: “Kay has been an inspirational figure in the school and community with her infectious enthusiasm and joy for life. Her tireless commitment to making sure every single pupil achieves their potential has driven forward the improvements in attainment and achievement.

“We will miss her but we wish her a long and happy retirement - she’s earned it.”