It’s all change at Horncastle Primary School where the end of term last week marked the end of three teaching careers spanning over 100 years.
Headteacher Andy Craven ‘topped’ a list of retirees which also included fellow stalwarts Mary Briggs and John Kirk.
Mr Craven has taught for more than 30 years, 25 of them at Horncastle Primary and the last 16 as head.
He admitted he would miss everything about the school but was looking forward to retirement.
He said: “I have had a fantastic time at Horncastle.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some superb staff and children - and with tremendous support from parents.
“I’ll miss them all. In fact, the only thing I won’t miss if Ofsted!”
Mr Craven said he was looking forward to spending more time on the golf course and watching more ‘live’ sporting events.
Mrs Briggs has been a teacher at the school’s nursery for 37 years and admits she’s lost count of the number of children who have benefitted from her skills.
She said: “I really will miss everything about the school. It’s been my life and I have been very lucky to spend it at such an amazing school.
“Horncastle was many first job. I came here at the age of 21 and have stayed. I’ve no plans to leave.”
Mrs Briggs said he was looking forward to spending more time with her family, including husband Keith and added: ”We like travelling. Life is certainly going to be a lot different now. “
Mr Kirk spent 27 years at the school and admitted it was a big part of his life.
He added: “I worked out that I must have taught more than 800 children. I always wanted to be a teacher and I’ve been very lucky.”
*The new headteacher is Andrew Bradshaw.