Larkman Primary School celebrates retiring office manager and fundraising duo

Pupils at staff at Larkman Primary School have waved goodbye to a school stalwart, bringing an end to 27 years of service.

The school's office manager, Pauline Quinn, brought a close to her time at the Norwich school at the end of March.

She started as a dinner lady in 1985, at what was then Larkman First School, and then in 1987 became a school secretary at the same school.

Pauline was then promoted to office manager at the redesignated Larkman Primary School.

During her time with the school Pauline has seen many changes and worked under four different headteachers – including current headteacher, Alison Clarke, who joined the school in 2008. Pauline said: 'I have really enjoyed my time with team Larkman and in some respects I will be sorry to leave.

'The school has been recognised as making good progress by the team at Ofsted, which is testament to a great team working together.

'There is such an energy around the school and I wish the headteacher, the staff and the children every success for a bright future. I have made so many friends among the staff and parents and I leave Larkman a far richer person.'

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Pauline plans to fulfil a personal dream in the autumn by travelling to Italy.

Her hobbies include photography, painting, drawing and walking her beloved greyhound, Rocky.

Staff and children said a fond farewell to Pauline at a special school assembly last week, where the fundraising success of two year six pupils were also celebrated.

Connor Abbott decided after the loss of his nan to cancer that he would like to raise money for Cancer Research UK in her honour, while Jordan Kerslake's aunt has cancer and he was inspired by Connor's idea. So they decided to do a sponsored jog around the school playground, each doing 10 laps and raising more than �400 – despite heavy wind and rain.

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