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Pupils say thank you for 25 years of service

Published on 09/02/16

Pupils at Cobholm Primary Academy have said thank you to caretaker June Spruce as she marked 25 years of service at the school.

Mrs Spruce, who started in the role in 1991 and is still going strong, was honoured at a special assembly.

"I knew they were planning something, but on the day it was such a lovely surprise," she said.

"It feels strange to have been here 25 years - I have seen many headteachers, teachers and pupils come and go, and the layout of the building has changed massively.

"It has been a very long time, but I have always had that same sense of excitement to get out of the house, come to work and pick up the vacuum cleaner!"

The Spruce family connection goes back even further however, with four generations attending the Mill Road school.

Her father, William Spruce, a pig farmer, was born a year after the former all-boys school opened in 1912 and was a pupil.

June and her two sisters, Penny and Mary, went to school on the site in the late 1940s and 1950s, as were her three daughters, Melanie, Stacy and Jodie, followed by Jodie’s two sons Daniel and Rees Pasby.

"The school has changed a lot over the years. When I was here, there were three classrooms, a hall, kitchen and nursery. We used to have a regular spoonful of cod liver oil, orange juice and little bottles of milk. I brought my TSB bank book in every Friday and deposited sixpence.

"We painted a lot, used pencils to learn writing and also had chalkboards.

"The head was Mrs Spandler, a small lady with a bun who used to wear a beautiful suit."

Today's head of school, Kimberly Morton praised June's dedication.

"June is often the first person in and the last person to leave, and it's no exaggeration to say the school wouldn't run anywhere near as smoothly without her," she said.

"It is amazing dedication to have given 25 years to the school. We are all incredibly grateful to her, and there will be thousands of now grown-up pupils who appreciate her commitment too."