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Thetford school says farewell to Glenda after her 34 years in office

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A Thetford school has said goodbye to its much loved administrator this week after she had worked there for 34 years.

Glenda Martin, who retired from Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery on Wednesday, started work there on October 28, 1985, as a secretary for three days a week.

She said: “When I first came here we didn’t have computers, no iPads, I had an old typewriter and a telephone that I was not allowed to use until after 1pm, unless in an emergency.

Glenda Martin, centre, who left Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery Picture by Mecha Morton
Glenda Martin, centre, who left Queensway Infant Academy and Nursery Picture by Mecha Morton

“This week I have been getting stuff ready for the next school year, so it has not felt like I am retiring and it has not quite sunk in yet.”

As the school changed so did Glenda’s role, going from finance officer, to headteacher’s PA and now administrator.

Glenda said in that time she has seen many changes, such as school expansion, joining Eastern Multi Academy Trust in 2017 and six headteachers, including the current head, Jayne Wilding.

Mrs Wilding said: “She has been such an integral part of the staff team here for so long, we are all going to miss her greatly – although, of course, wish her well with all the exciting things she has planned for the future.”

The administrator has also seen many children come and go through the gates and said seeing some of them as parents now has brought its own joy.

She said: “It is so nice to see them with families, as I have known them for so long,

“They are now bringing their own children to the school and it is also nice to see their new babies for cuddles.”

Glenda plans to do more of her hobbies in retirement, which include photography, gardening and walking holidays in Scotland.

She said: “I am going to miss the staff and the children so much. The children have always come in and talked to me about something sad, something happy or just come in to see me, it has been lovely.”