A TEACHER is retiring after more than three decades of service.
Pat Jones, 61, who has been teaching at Broughton County Primary School for nearly 34 years, taught her final lesson on Friday.
She said she had mixed emotions about leaving, but was looking forward to enjoying her retirement.
“I’m going to miss the staff and the children”, she said.
“Because I have never had children myself, they have all been like my children but I feel like it is time to make way for somebody younger.
“I have wanted to work with children since I was 13 years’ old. I have just got an affinity with them.”
She said she had been in jobs involving youngsters since the age of 16 – in children’s homes, day nurseries and also as a nanny before becoming a teacher.
In her time at the school, Mrs Jones said she had seen a lot of change, and had served under four or five different headteachers.
She said: “I have now taught parents and then their children.
“I get recognised a lot, especially with the ones that I taught that now have got children at the school.
“I haven’t got to the stage of teaching former pupils’ grandchildren though!”
Mrs Jones said she was looking forward to her retirement.
She said: “I have got a caravan in Devon, and I’m looking forward to spending more time down there.
“I’m sure I will have plenty of things to keep me occupied, but if I get bored I can always go back and teach children voluntarily.”
At a celebration on Thursday, every single class in the school performed a song, dance or poem for Mrs Jones.
The teachers also performed their own rap, dedicated to the long-serving member of staff.
Mrs Jones said: “The leaving do was one of the highlights of the last 34 years – it was very emotional.
“They had all been working trying to keep it a secret – some of the younger ones had let slip but it was still a real surprise – I didn’t expect it.”