Fond farewell after a 40 years at school

Boundary Primary School teacher Eileen Skinner is retiring after 40 years.
Boundary Primary School teacher Eileen Skinner is retiring after 40 years.
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A teacher who has taught one, two and sometimes three generations of Blackpool families was bid a fond farewell as she retired after 40 years in the same job.

Eileen Skinner, 62, has worked in early years at Boundary Primary School since 1974, when she helped to set up the nursery at the then Grange Park Primary School. It became Blackpool’s first nursery.

And she says it is the area’s young people – seeing them learn, grow up and then go on to have their children – that has kept her in the same job for her entire career.

She said: “I think my biggest memory is of getting to know some wonderful families. It’s a huge privilege.

“I just find a joy in the openness of young children, they’re a joy to teach.

“We opened up the nursery and made it very, very good, that’s something I’m very proud of.”

Originally from Northumberland, Mrs Skinner moved to Poulton to train at the teaching college and took up the post, after meeting her husband Peter, aged 22.

The only length of time she’s had off from the job was a few months maternity leave to have son Simon, now 31, who also attended the school.

She added: “It was never the right time to move on, I’ve always been drawn back.”

The school on Dinmore Avenue celebrated her contributions on Friday before Mrs Skinner, a member of the Singleton Cloggers, and her fellow dancers gave a special performance for the school’s children.

Acting deputy headteacher Helen Moyes said: “Mrs Skinner was a very friendly teacher who always put children first.

“She nurtured the children and now they look back with fond memories of their time in nursery and reception.”