THE headteacher of a school in Taunton is retiring tomorrow (Friday, April 8).

Mike Snowden is leaving North Town Primary School and Nursery ahead of the Easter break following a 32-year career in education.

During that time, he has taught and led numerous schools all over the country.

Reflecting on his time at North Town, where he started in 2010, Mr Snowden said: "I’ve really enjoyed my time working with children and families of North Town and it has been 12 truly enjoyable years."

While at North Town, he has overseen a number of improvements that have enhanced the school.

These include the building of a new classroom; several refurbishments around the school; the opening of North Town Nursery; and a multi-use games area (MUGA) and a pirate ship that have enabled childrfen to enjoy hours of fun.

A spokesperson for North Town Primary School and Nursery said: "His passion, commitment and dedication to the children, staff and school community has always been at the heart of all decision making and North Town has thrived under his care for over 12 years.

"His passion for providing the children with new opportunities has also seen numerous off site trips and residential visits to places such as Kilve, Bude, Magdalen Farm and even the Year 5 trips to Spain.

"We will all miss him enormously."

Mr Snowden will be spending more time with his family in his retirement and has already booked many trips over the upcoming months.