Stalwarts of town’s primary education retire

Pupils salute headteacher Jane Gaskill on her retirement from Waynflete Infant School, Brackley.'130723M-B556
Pupils salute headteacher Jane Gaskill on her retirement from Waynflete Infant School, Brackley.'130723M-B556

Brackley teachers with a combined total of more than 70 years experience began their well earned retirements this week.

Together Jane Gaskill, who is standing down from the headship at Waynflete School and Bob Allen, year five teacher at Bracken Leas School, would have taught thousands of children in the town.

Teacher Bob Allen retires from Bracken Leas School, Brackley. With presents and some yr5 pupils.'130723M-A536

Teacher Bob Allen retires from Bracken Leas School, Brackley. With presents and some yr5 pupils.'130723M-A536

Both said they are delighted to have seen those children grow up and send their own children to the schools where they began learning.

Mrs Gaskill, 57, said she remembers a nerve-wracking start to her life at Waynflete with a ‘horrendous’ snowfall in her first week which forced her to close the school.

She added: “I’ve seen a lot changes over the 26 years I’ve been at Waynflete, the adoption of the national curriculum, we’ve had to take on managing our own finances, and recently we became an academy.

“And the last Ofsted was outstanding so it is nice to be leaving on a high.

“I hope everyone will recognise my career has been child centred, they are my passion. I hope I taught them to enjoy learning, and to become life long learners and gave them happy memories of their early years’ education.”

Bracken Leas’ head Colin Gynn said Mr Allen, 60, had been ‘ever present’ at the school for the last 26 years and added: “He told me he has really enjoyed his whole teaching career and is very proud of the children he has taught in Brackley.”