Ruth bows out after 40 years at Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School

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PARADING around the village with children and staff dressed as Victorians and land girls are some of the memories teaching assistant Ruth Pheasey will cherish after her retirement from Kirkby Woodhouse Primary School.

She finished at the school this month after 40 years’ service and was given a send off to remember when she was presented with gifts from pupils, parents and staff at a whole-school assembly.

Parting presents from staff and children included toiletries, chocolates and crystal.

She was also proud to receive a certificate from Nottinghamshire County Council thanking her for long service.

Miss Pheasey said teaching had changed a lot over the years and so had her role.

“It is more relaxed now,” she said. “It used to be, when I first started, children sat in rows and working every day from the black board.

“I always used to look after the children’s needs, but I did a lot of craft work, like painting and sewing but then started working in other areas.”

The veteran teaching assistant was just 21 when she started at the school in September 1971.

She said: “I always wanted to work with children. I just like all the different aspects because they can be so funny and so serious.”

“I will miss working with the children.”

Miss Pheasey said she planned on enjoying her retirement, doing lots of walking and getting ‘out and about a bit’.