Forton Primary School has said farewell to three staff members who have between them clocked up 58 years at the school.
Their retirement was celebrated in style over several days with cream teas, a picnic, a party and an amazing ‘Forton’s Got Talent’ afternoon when not only the children but also the staff took to the stage to amaze and to entertain.
Governors, parents, children and staff all had opportunities to present gifts to Mrs Parker, Mrs Lambson and Mrs Atkinson.
Before leaving, each wrote a few lines about their time at the school.
Mrs Parker said: “After 24 happy years at Forton Primary School, the time has come to say goodbye.
“When I started work here in 1989, the staff included Mr Jobbins, Mrs Procter, Mrs Murgatroyd and Mrs Truswell. I thought that Forton was a wonderful place in which to work – and it still is.
“There have been many changes to staff, building and school grounds, but Forton has retained that warm, caring feeling which makes it such a fantastic place to work. The staff are wonderful, hard working and amazing people. I shall miss them all very much.
“However, I am excited about enjoying other things in life, such as gardening, walking, travelling, bird watching, going to the theatre, visiting my family in Carmarthenshire and having enough time to read a novel in one sitting if I want to! My husband, Geoff, won’t have to cook tea anymore, so he is looking forward to my retirement as well.
“I have been proud of all the children I have taught, with their different talents and abilities. They have given me such joy and laughter each day. I wish them and their families a bright and happy future.”
Mrs Lambson said: “After 21 very happy years at Forton, I have decided it is time to say goodbye so that I can spend more time with my family.
“I feel extremely privileged to have taught in this lovely school in such a beautiful location. From the beginning of my career here, in June 1992, I was made to feel very welcome and part of the family and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, past and present, for their kindness and support and wish you all the best for the future.”
Mrs Atkinson said: “I remember the day I handed in my application form to a happy looking lady (Mrs Murgtroyd) and thinking, as I walked back along the path, this school has such a friendly feel, I hope I get the job.
“I did, and in January 2000 I started working in class one, with Mrs Illingworth. I’ve worked for 13 years as a nursery nurse and 12 as a welfare assistant. I couldn’t have worked with nicer staff. And the children over the years have been fantastic, I will definitely miss everyone.
“I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life, which is going to include my interests and hobbies. Plus in the last eight weeks I have become a granny, so lots of happy times ahead. After 13 years of working at the school I still feel and think the same as I did when I handed in my application form – what a nice, friendly place this is.”
Forton headteacher Paula Wells said: “We wish them well in their retirement and look forward to welcoming experienced teachers Mr Hall and Mrs Simpson to our staff in September.”