Long serving teacher and Freshbrook resident Lynne Harper has stepped out of the classroom after 40 years and turning her skills to community group activities.
Many West Swindon parents and children will know Lynne from her 14 years as a teacher at Freshbrook Primary School and then at Windmill Hill. She then went onto be headteacher of Beechcroft Infants School in Upper Stratton.
Seeing children from her road return to school in early September she said: “It’s a very strange time after the daily contact with children and working with a wonderful group of staff. It was such a lovely time at Beechcroft.
"But I’m very happy not to have to deal with the mountains of paperwork and the prospect of Ofsted announcing a visit at short notice.
“I would encourage young people to go into teaching if they’re prepared to make it a way of life. It really is hard work, but the rewards are immense in terms of knowing the children will benefit from your effort.”
Lynne, will be doing some teaching when asked to cover classes but in retirement has thrown herself to voluntary activities with Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club, adult classes as well as bowls and archery with the University of the Third Age (U3A).