Schools say goodbye to long-serving teachers

Maggie Bushell has taught at the Blackthorne Middle School in Stanton for 36 years and is retiring''Pictured: Maggie Bushell with her class
Maggie Bushell has taught at the Blackthorne Middle School in Stanton for 36 years and is retiring''Pictured: Maggie Bushell with her class

WHEN Maggie Bushell moved to Suffolk she did not expect to stay long but will be retiring today after 36 teaching years at Blackbourne Middle School, Stanton.

She only moved to the area from Birmingham to keep her mother company when her father, the Rev Dennis Bratt, Rector of Beyton and Hessett, died.

Headteacher of Woolpit Primary, Anne O'Connell is retiring.''Pictured: Anne O'Connell with some of the pupils whowere dressed up for the Christmas production.

Headteacher of Woolpit Primary, Anne O'Connell is retiring.''Pictured: Anne O'Connell with some of the pupils whowere dressed up for the Christmas production.

Mrs Bushell, 59, said: “I came from an inner city school to a lovely little school here. I came as a supply teacher, then did a term at Ixworth, before coming back.”

She has taught the children of some of her first pupils and her work as head of religious education was recently praised by inspectors. She got ‘choked up’ when she told her class she was going, but is looking forward to more time with her husband Stephen.

Woolpit Primary School today says goodbye to headteacher Anne O’Connell, 61, after seven years.

Mrs O’Connell also wants to spend more time with her family.

“I still absolutely love my job but I have got other things I want to do, like spend more time with my five grandsons,” she said. “Being a teacher is the best job in the world and it’s been a tough decision.”