Friday Bridge Primary School has bid a fond farewell to a “much loved and respected” member of staff after Melanie Hudson retired from teaching after 22 years at the school.
It was an emotional time for everyone as Mrs Hudson was treated to a special assembly where she received gifts from colleagues and pupils.
Headteacher Jayne Williams said: “She is a very much loved and respected colleague and teacher and a friend to many of us. Although we knew one day we would lose her and she would retire, it has been quite an emotional time for us.”
Mrs Hudson received many gifts, including John Lewis vouchers, a voucher for afternoon tea and a hand-tied bouquet of flowers.
Each of the four classes also prepared something special for her, such as a poem or song, chosen with Mrs Hudson in mind.
But although they were sad to lose her as a teacher, Mrs Williams said they were grateful that Mrs Hudson would still be keeping a link with the school as a governor.
Mrs Hudson is planning to go travelling as her children are spread across the world; she has sons in Germany, Canada and New Zealand and would like to visit her new grandson as well as the grandchild that is on the way.
In addition to being a class teacher at Friday Bridge, Mrs Hudson has also been the Inclusion co-ordinator at the school.
She received the EQualities Award from Bethan Rees of the Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity service, who came along to the assembly to make the presentation.
The decision was made for Bethan to present the award to Mrs Hudson in recognition of the “outstanding contribution” she has made to inclusion within the school.
Mrs Williams added: “I can’t stress enough how highly respected Melanie is. The governing body are lucky; she has so much to offer.”