West Leeds: Teachers retire after 92 years collective service

END OF TERM: Three teachers are retiring from Raynville Primary School in Bramley with a total of 92 years service. From left, Margaret Lunn, David Miller and Linda West. PIC: James Hardisty

END OF TERM: Three teachers are retiring from Raynville Primary School in Bramley with a total of 92 years service. From left, Margaret Lunn, David Miller and Linda West. PIC: James Hardisty

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Three dedicated teachers have finally put down their marking pens after collectively chalking up 92 YEARS service.

David Miller, Linda West and Margaret Lunn have taught thousands of school children across west Leeds over the years.

But now they have decided to bid a tearful farewell to pupils and staff at Raynville Primary, in Bramley.

Acting headteacher Linda West, who started at the school over 24 years ago, said: “I think teachers stay at the school for so long because of the positive relationship we have within the Bramley community.

“It has been rewarding to teach here and the staff are always willing to give that extra bit of time and commit to the children.

“The support we have had from our governors has been fantastic and I will be very sad to go.”

David Miller, who has taught generations of families since he joined the school straight from his teacher training course nearly 41 years ago, has also retired this week.

The 62-year-old from Gomersal even met his wife Pat, who was a fellow teacher, while working at Raynville Primary.

He said: “It has been nice to teach the children of children that we have seen over the years.

“The school just has a lovely family atmosphere so I will be sad to leave.

“But now it is the end of one chapter and I am now looking forward to starting a new one.”

Margaret Lunn has worked at the school for the last 27 years after staff found out she was a qualified teacher.

The 59-year-old, whose children attended the school, started as a supply teacher before she gained a permanent position at the school, teaching Key Stage One pupils.

She added: “The children over the years have been brilliant and the staff have been fantastic.”

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