A STALWART manager at Chyngton School in Seaford is stepping down after 24 years.
Cathy Finch first started out at as an ancillary in the classsroom and two years later worked in the school office where she has remained to support the school until her last day on Friday.
The Seaford resident, who has also been working as the Clerk to the Governors for 24 years, enjoyed meeting former pupils and parents last week who came in to bid her farewell.
Cathy, who was also secretary, administration manager and most recently school business manager, said, “I have always loved being with children and when I was asked if I would like to support a child with a need I was keen to accept.
“All three of my children attended Chyngton and I have always been grateful for the start that they were given. “They have all gone on the achieve great things.”
Cathy had the honour of playing the role of the school’s very own Jubilee Queen on Friday to mark the Jubilee celebrations. During the event she enjoyed judging the cake competition.
Now she has retired she is hoping to travel around in the caravan and enjoy craft work.
She added, “I am looking forward to waking up when I want to and not when my alarm tells me to. I will miss the children and the good friends that I have made.
“I now have four grandchildren and I am looking forward to spending more time with them.”
Head teacher Mandy Gard added, “Cathy has been a part of the Chyngton family for many years.
“She has made an invaluable contribution to the life and work of the school, and will be greatly missed.”
Assistant headteacher Tracey Guest, said, “Cathy has been an incredible support to countless children and their families, as well as all the staff who have worked at Chyngton over the years.
“She will be hugely missed and will always be a much loved member of the Chyngton family.
“I have no idea how she manages to do everything that she does; answering the phone, preparing budgets, talking to parents, typing letters, dealing with children – and all with a lovely smile and good humour.
“We wish her well for her much-earned retirement.