A TRIO of teachers who have clocked up nearly 100 years in the classroom between them are to retire next week.
After decades of experience, husband and wife team Bob and Pat Galvin along with popular music teacher Brenda Harrison are leaving English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College.
Much-loved Brenda has been a member of staff at the school for the last 33 years.
The current head of house has worked tirelessly with the school choir for a number of years, orchestrating dozens of fantastic performances.
An emotional Brenda, 60, who lives in the Clavering area of town, says she will miss the fantastic children at the school.
Bob and Pat Galvin, both 58, moved into the Hartlepool area after meeting at university in Southampton.
Bob grew up in Hartlepool and was delighted when he got the opportunity to start at English Martyrs as a maths teacher back in 1975.
He was joined by Pat eight years later when she was appointed as a cookery and needlework teacher.
The couple, who have three children and live in the Park Road area of Hartlepool, say they are looking forward to being able to relax, but look back fondly on their excellent years at English Martyrs.
“The school has certainly changed a lot in my time here,” said Bob, who started out as a maths teacher before his interest in computers led him to becoming Director of E-Learning at the Catcote Road school.
“I remember when I first started and the building was split into different campuses, I used to work in what is the White House pub now.
“I will retire from my role working with computers. When I first started there was no such thing as computers, that shows how much school life has changed.”
Pat, who will retire from her role as the head of the Health and Social Care Department, said: “I will miss the fantastic students and our colleagues.
“We have had the opportunity to meet some brilliant young people over the years, it has been a pleasure.”
Despite having just one week left before retiring, Brenda has been hard at work preparing for the annual school concert which took place last night.
The mum-of-three said: “Although I have only worked at English Martyrs, the school has changed that much over the years it feels like I have worked at more than one school.
“It’s been a fantastic time in my life, it will be odd not coming into work every day, I will miss the students a lot.”
Michael Lee, headteacher at the school, said: “All three teachers have made an immense contribution to English Martyrs.
“All three are parents of children who have studied at the school and have played their part in establishing the family spirit which is much evident.
“They will be missed and I wish them well for the future.”