Final school bell for Doreen after 35 years

Doreen Hindmarsh, Senior Admin officer at Stockingate Mill school, South Kirkby, retires after 35 years in the job.'h302b314
Doreen Hindmarsh, Senior Admin officer at Stockingate Mill school, South Kirkby, retires after 35 years in the job.'h302b314

A woman who has dedicated 35 years to a South Kirkby primary school has said her final goodbyes.

Doreen Hindmarsh started work at Stockingate Mill J&I School in 1978 - working just nine hours a week doing office work.

She then worked her way to becoming the school’s senior office administrator.

Mrs Hindmarsh said: “I have worked way past my retirement age so I think it’s time to for me to leave.

“It’s been fantastic, I have had a wonderful time working here and I have met some truly lovely people.”

A trip to Lord’s cricket ground with the school in 1999 was one of her favourite memories.

She added: “I’ve seen many changes in the school, yet there have only been three different headteachers during my time here. I have been very lucky.”

The school held a special lunch for her to say goodbye on Friday. Pupils presented her with a computer so she could stay in contact with the school.

Headteacher Hazel Winter said she would be missed by all staff and pupils.

She said: “Doreen has been my rock for so long.

“She is a wonderful person and has always been professional and helpful.

“She has been everything to everybody. She is irreplaceable and have been very fortunate to have her at the school for so many years. She will be missed by all staff and pupils and wish her the best of luck in the future.”

Mrs Hindmarsh has not decided what she will do with her free time.

She said: “I’m just looking forward to not having to set my alarm clock for 7am every day.”

Her final day at the school is today.