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School’s out for long-serving Brompton staff

Brompton and Sawdon school retiring teachers Infant Teacher Mel Russell and Head Neil Davis .Picture Richard Ponter 131219

Brompton and Sawdon school retiring teachers Infant Teacher Mel Russell and Head Neil Davis .Picture Richard Ponter 131219

Two long-serving members of staff at Brompton and Sawdon School are set to retire today after a combined total of 33 years service.

Headteacher Neil Davis and infant teacher Mel Russell will bid farewell to the school on Thursday and are taking part in a special assembly.

Mr Davis started at the school in 1992, after teaching at St Martin’s and becoming deputy head at Helmsley.

He said: “I’ve been very, very happy here. We’ve got excellent staff, lovely children and parents - it’s a very friendly place.

“I’ve never had that feeling that I didn’t want to come in to work.”

Mr Davis said that as with any job there have been highs and lows, but far more highs.

A particular highlight was Sir George Cayley Day, which was held in July 2003.

Mr Davis explained: “We went to the Dale in Brompton and watched Richard Branson try to fly a mock glider - and he managed to get it off the ground!

“There was also a fly-by from one of his jumbo jets. It was a fantastic day.”

Mr Davis added that other high points have included educational trips with the youngsters, to the theatre and outdoor centre at East Barnby.

He said: “We’ve had a few changes with staff too and we’ve got a younger team, who are full of enthusiasm and energy.”

He added that he’ll be sad to leave, but it’s time for him to make the break.

Mr Davis said: “I planning to relax for a bit - and go on holiday with my wife out of school holidays!

“Also I’m going to try and get a bit fitter by going swimming regularly.”

Mel Russell, who is also spending her last day at the school today, started at Brompton 12 years ago after training at North Riding College and teaching at Malton and Newby.

She said: “I’m very lucky to have been able to teach in a village school. The ambience is totally different to everywhere I’ve taught.”

Mrs Russell said the real highlight for her has been the children, adding: “I’ll miss them a great deal, but I’ll not miss the paperwork!”

She is planning to spend her retirement enjoying her many hobbies, which include golf, jive dance and playing acoustic guitar.

 

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