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.
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.”