FOR generations of pupils they have been as synonymous with school days as the end of lesson bell.
But now the time has come to say farewell to these stalwart staff retiring from The Bolsover School this summer after notching up 229 years of service to education between them.
Gordon Inglis, headteacher at the Mooracre Lane school, said: “It will be a sad day to see everyone go, there are some very well established staff there that have taught generations of Bolsover people.”
Those closing their chapter in the classroom are Sheila Pope, head of Peveril House and history teacher, English teachers Viv Wood and Anne Brittain, Martin Spaull as head of modern foreign languages and science teacher Roger Kenyon.
Also swapping rulers for relaxation is Andrew Bradley, head of religious education, plus textiles and technology teacher Mary Cunnington.
Collectively the seven have served education in Derbyshire for 188 years, with 163 of these at The Bolsover School.
Viv Wood joined as a young trainee 38 years ago.
“It’s nearly two-thirds of my life I’ve been here so leaving will take some getting used to,” said the 60-year-old, of Chesterfield, who plans to pursue hobbies including stained glass work.
“I always said if a pupil said ‘you taught my grandad’ I was off.
“Thanks to my colleagues, I’ve had a lovely time, and to the kids who’ve always been nice.”
Mr Inglis added: “I would like to pay tribute to these colleagues and thank them on behalf of the staff, students and governing body for their contribution to the education of the students of Bolsover.
“We would like to wish them all a long, happy and healthy retirement.”
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