TWO dedicated members of a school’s teaching staff with a combined service of over four decades are set to retire.
Rosie Merifield and Jeannette Millward have worked at Greatham Primary School, in Greatham Village, Hartlepool, for a joint total of 43 years.
But despite their many happy years at the school, and their love of the children and the rest of their work, the pair both feel it is time to step down and start the days of their retirement.
Rosie, who teaches French and is a higher level teaching assistant at the school, started work there 20 years ago.
But the mum of 26-year-old twins, who lives in Hartlepool, hopes to spend more time with her family and at her property in France.
She said: “When I first started here 20 years ago I didn’t think I’d be here this long but it’s been such a lovely school that I’ve basically just never left.”
Rosie, who is known to the children as Madame Merifield, said she may find it easier to leave alongside her good friend and colleague Jeannette.
Mum-of-one Jeanette, who also lives in the town, started 23 years ago as a parent helper before being given a job as a teaching assistant.
She said: “I worked with a girl who had Downs Syndrome and I stayed with her in each year group of the school. When she left class four – her final year – I just stayed in class four ancd have been in that class ever since. My daughter also came to this school before I started working here so I’ve actually travelled this exact same route to the school for over 30 years.”