A midday supervisor is to retire after over 40 years at St Thomas’ Catholic Voluntary Academy.
Pat Attwood first joined the school as a volunteer, reading to children, and then became a midday supervisor.
Although the 75-year-old has finally decided to retire, she is not planning on staying away for long.
She said: “I’ve been at the school for over 40 years as I first came as a volunteer to read with the children. Then I got the job as midday supervisor, I said I was only going to stop for a little while but I just carried on. It was easy work and the best thing about it is interacting with the children. The dinners have definitely changed, they were much more traditional, like a roast dinner, years ago.
“I am retiring but I will be coming back to read with the children again. I’ve seen generations of families come to the school. I was here when three current staff members were pupils. My son and daughter came here and they are now in their 40s.”
Michael Sellors, Headteacher at St Thomas’ in Ilkeston, thanked Pat for her years of service to St Thomas’.
He said: “After over 40 years as a midday supervisor and volunteer at St Thomas’, Mrs Attwood has made the decision to retire. She has given such great service to school and helped hundreds of children to eat their lunch, administer first aid and supervise play.
“We will all miss Pat but wish her every happiness in her retirement.”