Pupils at Tudor Primary School in Sudbury said a fond farewell to deputy headteacher Christine Stainer last week.
Christine, 56, has been deputy head at the Tudor Road School for the past 14 years and has worked in schools in Suffolk for the past 33 years.
She said she felt it was time to retire and while changes in education ‘kept you on your toes’ she felt governmental intervention stiffled the opportunity for teachers to be creative and versatile.
“The saving grace of the job has been the children. There have been lots of little successes along the way when suddenly that light switch has gone on for a child and lots of ‘wow’ factors along the way as well.
“But there is an increasing amount of Government intervention and you cannot do it as you feel you should. It stops being creative and the individuality has been driven out of education.
“Teaching depends on the child, how they like to learn and this takes away individual responsibility. There is not just one way to do things” she said.
Mrs Stainer and her husband Richard, 62, also a retired teacher, are hoping to revisit schools in Rwanda and Tanzania and possibly do some teaching there.
Mrs Stainer, pictured with her Oxburgh class, also taught at Great Waldingfield and Risby prinary schools.
Her retirement coincided with the first cohort of Year 6 pupils leaving the school which has been part of the Schools Reorganisation in Suffolk moving education from a three tier schools system to two.