Captain Hook, Peter Pan and a crew of lost boys and girls were among those bidding a sad farewell to two long serving Polam Hall school teachers this month.
Pupils at Polam Hall School in Darlington marked the retirement of the head and deputy head of the infant and junior school with a combined 65 years of service, with a special performance of ‘Neverland’ in the schools own theatre.
Angela Foster, junior head, has taught at the school for 40 years, teaching infants and was Year 1 class teacher for 20 years and taught music to the infants and junior children. She has spent 18 years in her current role.
Retiring alongside is Wilma Campbell, deputy head of juniors who has taught science, religious education in the junior school for the last 13 years. Prior to this she was head of PE in the senior school for 12 years.
Both teachers were instrumental in developing Polam Hall’s ‘creative curriculum’ which promotes a love of learning and allows children with all talents to reach their full potential.
The performance of Neverland was the 38th show Mrs Foster had a hand in organising. She said: “I will really miss the children, the camaraderie of the staff and the friends I have made at Polam Hall. I think it is the family atmosphere and ethos of the school that has kept me here so long and it’s been a really special place to work.”
Mrs Campbell, who agreed that the close-knit, family atmosphere was one of the best things about working at the school, added: “Because Polam Hall is an all-through education school, meaning children can start at aged four and leave at age 18, it’s been really nice to see the children continue to flourish and then leave having had the best possible start.
“We’ve both worked here so long that we’re now seeing former pupils bring their own children to the school.”
Headmaster John Moreland said of the teacher’s retirement “Angela and Wilma’s service to the school is exceptional and they will be hugely missed by pupils and colleagues alike. On behalf of everyone associated with Polam Hall School, I wish them a long and happy retirement.”
Although currently an independent day and boarding school, Polam Hall is applying to become a free school from 2015 to enable it to share its outstanding offering to all.
It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.
For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com.