After 37 years and 100 terms in teaching, Long Melford Primary school’s headteacher brought her career to a close last week.
Sandra Hoskin, who has been at the school in Cordell Road for eight years, took early retirement.
During her time, the 58-year-old has helped thousands of children take their first steps in education.
“It is quite a weird feeling knowing that I am going to be leaving, but there has been no chance of taking it easy,” said Mrs Hoskin.
“Everything stills needs to be done in the run-up to Christmas and be ready to handover to the new headteacher.”
Mrs Hoskin said the advent of the festive season had made her last days extra special.
“I have seen eight nativities and I think this year’s was one of the best,” said Mrs Hoskin, who lives in Bures.
“I have really enjoyed working here and the children have been great. The staff have been an inspiration and they are so passionate about teaching. I will definitely keep in touch.”
Throughout her eight years, Mrs Hoskin has seen some major changes, none bigger than Suffolk County Council’s School Organisation Review (SOR), which has seen Year 5 and 6 pupils join the ranks.
“I wanted to see through the SOR process and I am glad I have,” she said. “The school now has 250 pupils and what we have achieved is very satisfying.”
Mrs Hoskin is due to be replaced by Paula Hagan in January.
Deputy headteacher Chris Moulton said everyone would be sad to see her go.
“She is a very special person and teacher,” said Mr Moulton.
“She is very kind and caring and has always been fair. Throughout her time, she has always been very level headed and shown a human touch.”
Mrs Hoskin said she was looking forward to spending more time with her husband David and was planning to do some travelling.
“I have a trip to India in March which I am excited about,” she said. “But I will miss the variety of tasks you face every day at school.”