Hillocks Primary and Nursery School teacher bids farewell after 23 years’ service

NMAC11-3404-1''Arlene Hudson  seated front, who is moving on after 23 years teaching at Sutton Hillocks Primary School pictured with pupils staff and friends at her leaving event on Tuesday
NMAC11-3404-1''Arlene Hudson seated front, who is moving on after 23 years teaching at Sutton Hillocks Primary School pictured with pupils staff and friends at her leaving event on Tuesday

A WELL-LOVED primary school teacher is saying goodbye to the Sutton school where she has taught for more than 20 years and moving on to pastures new.

Arlene Hudson is leaving Hillocks Primary and Nursery School, on Unwin Road, at the end of term and moving to a new school in Hucknall.

She has been a teacher at Hillocks since finishing college, notching up an impressive 23 years, but said the time has finally come to move on to a new challenge.

She said: “There’s always been new challenges for me here that have meant I have not wanted to move anywhere else.

“It’s a brilliant place to work. We have lots of laughs.

“There’s always something challenging coming along, new things happening and the staff are just amazing.

“They are so hard working I almost feel guilty leaving them but I think it’s time to leave when you start teaching your ex-pupils’ children!”

Mrs Hudson has taught every year group during her time at Hillocks, but will be best remembered for her work getting the children involved in different sports and for arranging exciting residential trips.

She has organised a five-day trip to the PGL outdoor centre at Caythorpe for year 5 and 6 pupils for the last 12 years, and said that every year they had a ‘brilliant time’.

“The parents trust me to take them and that’s quite humbling,” she said.

A little leaving party was held at the school for Mrs Hudson last week.

Pupils past and present, parents and governors came along to show their appreciation for the work she has done.

Headteacher Louise Regan said: “She’s been here a long time - she’s part of the school really - and will be missed by staff, parents and pupils alike.”

Mrs Hudson added: “I have some fantastic memories and I am going to miss everyone so much.”