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Retired deputy headteacher celebrates a first class degree aged 80

Pat Barker, 80, has received a BA (1st Class Honours) in International Studies. ANL-141108-201827009

Pat Barker, 80, has received a BA (1st Class Honours) in International Studies. ANL-141108-201827009

A deputy headteacher for 25 years has gone back to ‘school’ and successfully achieved a First Class BA Hons at the age of 80.

Pat Barker from Churchill Drive, Mildenhall, began working for her degree in International Studies in 2002 and completed it in between spells of hospital treatments for hip replacements and knee surgery.

She will receive her degree at Ely Cathedral next year.

Pat, who was a Forest Heath District councillor for four years and chairman between 1999 and 2000, said: “I was hoping to get an upper second but in the last module I got a distinction and I was over the moon.

“It was such an interesting degree, politics, history, geography and social science. I think it was one of the most fascinating things I have ever done.”

Pat said as a child she had always wanted to be a teacher and did not aspire to a headship. “I just wanted to be in the classroom with the children.

“When I finished on the district council I thought I would do a degree.”

 

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