Retiring head teacher Liz Brand found herself “kidnapped” by colleagues and whisked off to Plymouth where she was treated to an evening at the theatre.

The next day, Mrs Brand was back at Constantine School having enjoyed a performance of Cats at the Theatre Royal and was preparing to say an emotional farewell to colleagues, pupils and parents.

Mrs Brand had been in charge at Constantine for almost eight years, but her teaching career had spanned over three decades. Although looking forward to retirement, she admitted she would miss “the dream team” of staff and pupils at Constantine. She will be replaced next month by Helen Bancroft who is making the move from St Mary's School in Falmouth.

Only a month before Mrs Brand left the school, Ofsted inspectors spent two days with staff and pupils and subsequently rated the school as good in each of the four categories and good overall.

Inspector Anne Newall said: “The vast majority of teaching is good, with some that is outstanding. In every class, well qualified teaching assistants provide valuable support. They do this either working with individuals or groups.

“The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils are very courteous and respectful towards adults and pupils of all ages get along well together. The school has worked hard with parents to improve attendance which is now above average. This has increased steadily since the last inspection when it was a cause for concern.”

Ms Newall added: “The governors are experienced, have wide ranging skills and are regular visitors to school as well as volunteers on trips and residential visits. They are closely focused on improving achievement. They want to ensure that pupils are confident and creative and have the required academic standards to succeed in the next steps of their education.”