Primary school teacher retires after almost 20 years

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 July 2017

St Andrew's Primary School teacher, Mrs Greenwood, pictured with her pupils.

St Andrew's Primary School teacher, Mrs Greenwood, pictured with her pupils.

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A deputy headteacher from a village primary school with almost 20 years of service has retired this week.

Yvonne Greenwood, aged 61, of St Andrew’s Primary School in Congresbury, has brought her teaching career to a close this week.

Mrs Greenwood spent 18 years as a teacher at St Andrew’s, including a lengthy stint in the school’s leadership team as deputy headteacher.

Mrs Greenwood taught key stage one children during her time at the school, and also served as special education needs coordinator – overseeing the development of pupils who require specialist teaching or assistance.

The students bid farewell to Mrs Greenwood at a packed assembly in the school hall before departing on their summer holidays – while many parents and colleagues thanked her for her efforts and guidance.

Mrs Greenwood told the Mercury it has been a ‘privilege’ to ply her trade at St Andrew’s.

She said: “I have been teaching here for 18 years and it has been absolutely amazing; it has been the best place you could ever teach. It has been a real privilege to work with the staff here, who are absolutely amazing, and the children of Congresbury.

“I like cycling so I am going to do some nice long cycling holidays, and like arts and crafts so I’m hoping to take some crafting courses to learn some new skills.

“I said to the children in assembly today that I always wanted to be a teacher. I know that sounds corny and everybody says that, but I did and I have had to work really hard and I have achieved it.”

And despite having an action-packed retirement ahead of her, Mrs Greenwood admitted she is sad to be leaving St Andrew’s behind.

She added: “It has been the best job that anyone could ever ask for.

“I am very sad to be leaving, but I know that everyone here will remain my friends and I’ll be back to see the children, and I hope to hear them read as well.”

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