PUPILS from Mary Tavy and Brentor Primary School bid a fond farewell to two much-loved members of staff at the end of term.

The end of summer term saw the retirement of not only headteacher Nicky Pratten after 15 and half years at the school, but also senior administrator Gill Bassett after 12 years.

Mrs Pratten, who has been teaching in the local area for 38 years, joined the primary school in 2002 and said the whole experience has been rewarding.

A special assembly was held for Mrs Pratten, with parents, staff and pupils, past and present, attending to say their goodbyes.

After the assembly, she said: ‘The one thing that is important is the fact that we are there for the children — that should be at the heart of everything. Everything I have done I have done for the good of the children.

‘I would like to think I have achieved a lot and made a difference to the lives of the children. It’s been a happy place to work.’

Mrs Pratten now plans to travel with her husband Mark in their motorhome and see more of the world — as well as get back to running.

Mrs Pratten, who has run 20 marathons in total, added: ‘I want to get back into running and I think I have another marathon in me!’

Last Monday, Mrs Bassett was surprised during a special afternoon tea at the school to mark her retirement.

Children, staff, parents, governors and former colleagues came along to the party and each class recited poems that they had specially written for Mrs Bassett and presented her with cards.

She was also presented with lots of lovely gifts which were a small sign of everyone’s appreciation for all her hard work and devotion over the years.

On working with Mrs Bassett, Mrs Pratten said: ‘She has been a fantastic colleague and will be sorely missed. She would always be welcoming everyone to the school at 8.30am, in all weathers, always smiling and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.’

Mrs Pratten will be replaced by Barbara Earnshaw, who will be joining the school in September from her current position at Lydford Primary School.

Pictures by James Bird.