The school bell has rung for the final time for one teacher – who has spent more than two decades working in the same class.
Reception teacher Julie Annerson, aged 57, of Fox View Lane, Frecheville, Sheffield, has called time on her classroom career after starting her career in September 1993.
Teaching at Charnock Hall Primary for 22 years, Julie has even taught children whose parents were in her class in the 90s.
“It got to a point were we had new children come in on the first day and I’d say ‘don’t I know you from somewhere?’ My children’s friends have had kids and I’ve even taught them – it’s really surreal.”
On her last day, Julie said she did not want a big send-off – but others had different ideas.
“I told people I didn’t want any fuss but I walked into the staff room and saw loads of people even former staff and members of my family. They threw a nice party – I was really shocked.”
Packing her books away was a difficult decision for Julie – one made easier when she became a grandmother.
“I did think about retirement for a long time and I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family, especially after six-month-old grandson Joe came along.
“I’ve had an amazing time at Charnock I’d love to say a big thank you to all the wonderful staff, children and parents who made my time there so special.”
Charnock Hall has put Julie forward for the ‘Best Teacher’ category for the Star Education Awards.