Sue Lymn-Brewin – dream to reality

Sue Lymn-Brewin – dream to reality

It is not easy to discover how often a head returns to be in charge of the school where her education began. An internet trawl using a wellknown search engine drew a blank – but there is a September 2001 BBC interview about Mrs Susan Lymn-Brewin on her first day as head.

Now, almost 50 years after leaving Gotham Primary as a pupil, Sue is off again, and this time it is for good.

When she started school in 1964, it was still housed in the Victorian building well known to several other current Gotham residents. And like many of them, she remembers the smelly outside toilets across the yard.

A year later, four Clasp classrooms were built, with the promise of more to come. As she says, who could have known that this would take another 41 years?!

Sue felt that she was not a particularly academic child, being more of a daydreamer who got through the day as best she could. But she still remembers the thrill of discovering that she could actually read: “Run, Nip, Run!” Family legend has it that she always wanted to teach and tortured her younger sister Charlott when honing her “skills”.

Fortunately, “a bright NQT called Miss Samuels arrived at Gotham Primary.” in Year 5. Miss Samuels had a massive impact and although she arrived too late to enable Sue to pass the Eleven Plus, she saw potential in her and set her on the path she was to travel.

Sue trained to teach in Sheffield, and following several teaching posts in and around Nottingham as well as raising her family, she successfully applied for the post of deputy head at Gotham School in 1999. By strange coincidence, one of her new colleagues was Miss Samuels, better known to later pupils as Heather Palmer.

Sue took up her post as head of Gotham Primary on Tuesday, September 4th 2001, the day she was interviewed by local Radio and the Nottingham Evening Post. She puts this down to being Head Girl for Rushcliffe House in the academic year 1969-70.

Her communication skills were tested just a week later with the events of September 11th and she recalls trying to work out how to talk to the school about the news from America in assembly.

After 18 years in the post, Sue has been thinking about numbers … she has had two deputy heads, six Ofsted inspections and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the new building.

She says she must have written 2,878 Christmas cards to the children, read and written as many school reports and watched some 80 Nativity plays. But she says that her proudest professional achievement is as “One daydreaming little girl who ‘caught’ a love of learning as a pupil” at the school that she “returned to serve and lead.”

Now, the little girl who once wanted to be a bus conductress but went on to a fulfilling teaching career, is entering a new phase in her life. Among her plans are spending more time with her grandchildren, volunteering with the National Trust and learning the intricacies of stained-glass making.

We thank her, and wish her well.