IT WAS the end of an era for a village school in Monmouthshire when its head teacher said farewell to her pupils and staff.

Rachel Dare, who took over the helm of Llandogo Primary School three years ago, was surrounded by 94 pupils as she took her pebble out of the school community bowl.

It was a poignant moment, as everyone who joins the school places their pebble in the bowl and takes it out when they leave.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Llandogo and was very emotional during a special assembly on the last day of term.

“This was my first headship, having taught in the county since 1994, and there hasn’t been a single day that I have not wanted to come to work.

“It’s a tremendous school, with high-achieving pupils where anything is possible.”

Among the highlights, Mrs Dare recalled achieving the National Association for Able Children in Education’s Challenge Award, for its provision and teaching of the most able children.

The school also ran a Friends Around Europe project this year, when 16 teachers from six partner schools in Europe came to teach at the school. Other achievements include two Green Flag Eco Awards and Healthy School Awards.

Mrs Dare is to become the executive head teacher of two schools in the Forest of Dean.

Katie Pingree has been appointed by the school governors as the new head teacher from January 2013.