Kathleen bids goodbye after 45 years service

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Long-serving teaching assistant Kathleen Reed has said her final goodbyes to pupils and staff at the Todmorden school where she has worked for the last 45 years.

Miss Reed retired from St Joseph’s RC Primary School earlier this month.

She joined the school as a nursery nurse on August 11 1970.

She originally trained at Springfield House in Burnley before being appointed to her role at St Joseph’s, where she has remained for her entire career.

She has worked under five headteachers, eight Prime Ministers and 19 Secretaries of State for Education.

During her time at the Wellington Road school Miss Reed has seen many changes including a new hall being built and the construction of a new foundation unit.

She said: “St Joseph’s has been a fascinating place to work over the last 45 years.

“I have seen so many changes in that time.”

Miss Reed said she is a keen theatre-goer and is looking forward to having more time to herself, as well as remaining involved in her church community in Burnley.

The school also celebrated a further three long-serving members of staff who retired at the end of the summer term.

A special leaver’s mass was held at St Joseph’s Church on Wednesday, July 8 to mark the retirement of Miss Reed, Elaine Taylor, Catherine Antemes and Louise Greenwood.

Headteacher Maria Cooper said: “I would personally like to thank these four colleagues who have between them served St Joseph’s for over 100 years.”