End of an era as school staff retire

Sue Leigh with her class at Tollgate Primary School.

Sue Leigh with her class at Tollgate Primary School.

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THE final days of the school term also marked the end of an era with the retirement of several long standing members of staff.

Among those bidding farewell to the classroom were Ethel Utting, who has taught at St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Bury St Edmunds, for 29 years.

Two Teachers at St Benedicts Hgih School are retiring. Ethel Utting has been there for 29 years and Andy Flack has taught there for 9 years''Pictured: Andy Flack and Ethel Utting

Two Teachers at St Benedicts Hgih School are retiring. Ethel Utting has been there for 29 years and Andy Flack has taught there for 9 years''Pictured: Andy Flack and Ethel Utting

The head of upper school was initially employed for just half a term to fill in for a colleague, who had suffered an accident.

Mrs Utting, 63, said: “It’s like winning the lottery being in this school. I’m so fortunate. What I’ve enjoyed the most is working with a really dedicated staff who see each child as important and the kids are wonderful.”

She joins physics and science teacher Andy Flack, 60, who is leaving St Benedict’s after nine years. He plans to teach on a supply basis around the county.

Julia Wells, 60, is waving goodbye to Hopton Primary after 23 years. She plans to focus on her hobbies including cycling and golf and has already booked two holidays.

Julia Wells is retiring after 23 years'Hopton Primary School,

Julia Wells is retiring after 23 years'Hopton Primary School,

The Year 3 and 4 teacher said: “I love working with children because they’re all so different. It’s one of those jobs you can never call boring and it’s a super school.”

Sue Leigh, 58, has taught at Tollgate Primary, in Bury, for 15 years and aims to use her extra time to ‘get fitter’ and travel.

The Year 2 teacher, whose area of responsibility is art, said: “I’ve worked with a lot of very talented and inspirational staff over the time and I’ve taught some fantastic children.”

Sheila Peck, 62, has called time on her role as a kitchen assistant at Walsham-le-Willows Primary after 15 years. Her leaving gifts included a knitted teddy bear wearing her uniform. She added: “I’ve enjoyed every minute.”

School cook at Walsham le Willows, Sheila Peck, is retiring after 15 years.

School cook at Walsham le Willows, Sheila Peck, is retiring after 15 years.