School staff say farewell after 50 years of service

NHUD12-1899-1''John White headteacher at Hucknall's Leen Mills School pictured with staff members Karen Douglas, left, and Pauline Chatterton, who are leaving at the end of the summer term.
NHUD12-1899-1''John White headteacher at Hucknall's Leen Mills School pictured with staff members Karen Douglas, left, and Pauline Chatterton, who are leaving at the end of the summer term.

TWO highly-valued and dedicated staff members at Leen Mills Primary School, Hucknall, both retired at the end of the summer term after a total of more than 50 years’ service.

They are KAREN DOUGLAS, a teacher at Leen Mills for 33 years and six months, and PAULINE CHATTERTON, the school’s early years manager, who has been there for 17 years.

The whole of Karen’s teaching career has been spent at the Leen Mills Lane school. She said: “It has been a real pleasure to work there for so many years and I will really miss my colleagues and all the children.”

Karen (55) is a former Hucknall resident, having lived on Sandringham Place and Polperro Way, and she has now moved to Edwinstowe. Her husband, Michael, also works in education — as a teacher at Manor Comprehensive School, Mansfield Woodhouse — and they have a daughter, Amy (26).

Karen said: “I have not taken up any hobbies while at Leen Mills because my focus has always been on my job. But I now hope to start enjoying walking and swimming.”

Pauline’s work has entailed helping youngsters about to become Leen Mills pupils to face the prospect of experiencing school life.

Larger than most primary schools, Leen Mills gives the opportunity for children to join an early years foundation stage at the beginning of the term following their fourth birthday.

She said: “I have always found it a very rewarding job to put children on the right road to learn and I am going to miss it a great deal.”

Hitherto a resident of Nabbs Lane, Hucknall, Pauline is moving to a cottage in Derbyshire. She has two sons, Ben (26) and Thomas (22).

Farewell ceremonies were held for Karen and Pauline in the last week of the school term.

Among gifts they received were a piece of artwork for Karen and a decorated vase for Pauline. Both were also presented with bouquets from the school governors.

Head teacher John White said: “I would like to thank Karen and Pauline for their loyal and devoted services, which are very greatly appreciated. I wish them both a long and happy retirement.”

Successes achieved by the school include the Gold Healthy School Award and the Bronze Eco Schools Statue.

n OUR PHOTO shows Karen (left) and Pauline with Mr White — DISPIC NHUD12-1899-1.