A fond farewell to Mrs Gray after 45 years at chalkface

Mrs Gray with  pupils Reo Woodall, Emily Farrelly, Seren Spencer and Alfie Mottram
Mrs Gray with pupils Reo Woodall, Emily Farrelly, Seren Spencer and Alfie Mottram
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A teacher is set to say farewell to her school after more than four decades – and teaching the children of her former pupils.

Bispham Endowed Church Of England Primary School Year 3 teacher Mona Gray will leave at the end of term after 45 years.

Bispham Endowed teacher Mona Gray is retiring after 45 years

Bispham Endowed teacher Mona Gray is retiring after 45 years

Over the years Mrs Gray, 75, has taught Year 3,4,5 and 6 pupils and said she is sad to say goodbye to her current Year 3 class.

Along with her teaching duties she has been a strong support to the school’s special needs pupils and has devoted her time to 13 years’ worth of Christmas productions along side the music department.

“I have very fond memories of the school and my happiest memories lie with our Christmas performances where every pupil gets involved – it’s such a wonderful opportunity for them to develop.” said Mrs Gray.

Originally from County Durham, re-locating to the Fylde in the 1970s along with husband, Harry who passed in 2013, to pursue the position at the school, Mrs Gray will be honoured by pupils with an end-of-term leavers assembly.

I have very fond memories of the school and my happiest memories lie with our Christmas performances where every pupil gets involved – it’s such a wonderful opportunity for them to develop

She said: “ It will be very sad to go, I’ll miss seeing all the children’s faces and my usual routine.

“My last day is December 18 where the children will say a few words in assembly and I’ll be having a lovely afternoon tea this Friday with staff, family and former pupils.”

As a long-standing member of the school, Mrs Gray is visited regularly and stopped in the streets by former pupils who always want to wish her well and talk of school memories.

She added: “The school has changed an awful lot over the years, grown in size and class numbers used to be far bigger.

Bispham Endowed teacher Mona Gray is retiring after 45 years.  She is pictured with Reo Woodall and Emily Farrelly.

Bispham Endowed teacher Mona Gray is retiring after 45 years. She is pictured with Reo Woodall and Emily Farrelly.

“We have the lovely help of teaching assistants now which we never had years ago.

“Working with children really does keep you young and it’s marvellous to watch them develop as individuals; every day in teaching is different and you need to keep a sense of humour.

“It’s a wonderful sense of achievement when you can see a child progressing.”

Mrs Gray insists her time will be well spent once retired – as she has six grown-up children of her own and 18 grandchildren she’s very much looking forward to spending more time with.

Bispham Endowed headteacher Jo Hurst, who’s been at the school for 13 years said: “Mrs Gray is a key part of the school’s family and a fantastic example of our school’s ethos.

“I’ve never known the school without her and what stands out to me is that so many generations of children have been taught by Mrs Gray and now bring their own children to the school to be taught by her aswell.

“We will all miss her greatly, an irreplaceable member of staff.

“As I always say to anyone that leaves us, wherever they go they take a bit of Bispham Endowed but they leave behind a part of themselves.”