After quarter of a century teaching at Prior Park First School in Tweedmouth, Wendy Armstrong has said an emotional farewell.
She has been there so long that she taught quite a few of the parents who now have children at the school!
“I’ve just been overwhelmed with the response from the parents, the children and the staff,” said Wendy.
“I’ve loved my job and it was a really difficult decision to finish.
“The fact I taught a lot of the children’s parents really makes me feel like one of the family and I think that’s helped my approach to teaching here.”
It is more than 40 years since Wendy started her career in teaching - at a time when Northumberland’s schools were still in a two-tier system.
“I started in 1971 and did seven years at Spittal before taking a break to have children,” she revealed.
“When I returned I worked at quite a lot of schools in Berwick, as well as Belford and Seahouses covering maternity leave before coming to Prior Park.
“When I arrived I taught Year 1 and since then I’ve taught every year group except nursery, finishing with Year 4.”
She was the driving force behind a number of innovative schemes, such as learning about the workplace in partnership with Jus-Rol, expanding sports provision, developing relationships with Tweedmouth Middle School and improving the self-esteem of pupils.
Although now retired from teaching, she hopes to be back in a consultancy capacity.
“It was a really difficult decision to retire but I’m hoping I’ll be able to go back,” she revealed.
“I’ve done a lot of work on an international schools partnership in Uganda for the last six or seven years and there’s a new partnership with India being developed which I hope to be involved in.”
Head teacher Pauline Molloy said Wendy would be ‘sorely missed’ by everyone.
Mrs Molloy said: “She has been at the heart of this school and its community for such a long time that there’s no doubt she’ll be sorely missed.
“There are generations of people associated with the school who know her. She’s taught the parents of many of our current pupils.
“I’m sure there will be many people from other schools she’s taught at who will also remember her.
“She’s been an amazing teacher, just fantastic and will be a real loss to the profession.”