Rattlesden school cook Jenny retires after more than 30 years

END OF AN ERA: School cook Jenny Corbyn is retiring after nearly 32 years at Rattlesden Primary - she received flowers, champagne, a bracelet and gardening vouchers  from the school
END OF AN ERA: School cook Jenny Corbyn is retiring after nearly 32 years at Rattlesden Primary - she received flowers, champagne, a bracelet and gardening vouchers from the school

When Jenny Corbyn became a school cook, the headteacher didn’t think she would last long - but she is now retiring after three decades in the role.

Mrs Corbyn, 63, has been serving and cooking meals for pupils at Rattlesden Primary for nearly 32 years - serving under eight headteachers.

She remembers: “I first started as a midday supervisor for a couple of years and then took over the cook’s job.The headmaster (Peter Northeast) didn’t think I would last too long when I was appointed because I was like a dinner lady moving up and had never done anything like that before.”

Much has changed in those years - when Mrs Corbyn started she cooked about 25 to 30 dinners and the school now has to serve more than 80.

But some things remain - the popularity of a sweet treat and Mrs Corbyn’s dedication to the pupils. She said: “The chocolate crunch is still one of the most popular. I get a menu sent in but sometimes you know the children aren’t going to like it so you tweak it a little.”

A Rattlesden resident, she has even served her four children and three grandchildren at the school. Mrs Corbyn, who has worked with food service assistant Annette Davey for 19 years, said: “It’s been brilliant and I’m sad to be leaving.”

In her retirement, she plans to enjoy badminton, gardening and spending time with her family.

Head Bridget Burke said: “Jenny is a huge favourite with the children. She puts a lot of love and care into her job and she’s going to be missed.”