Tears for a retiring teacher who leaves school with lasting legacy

John Grant School teacher Jill Waters retires after 17 years at the school. Jill with student Sam Fr

John Grant School teacher Jill Waters retires after 17 years at the school. Jill with student Sam Frisby PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

An education leader is set to retire after 17 years of spearheading provision for children with autism.

John Grant School teacher Jill Waters retires after 17 years at the school. Jill with some of the st

John Grant School teacher Jill Waters retires after 17 years at the school. Jill with some of the students.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Jill Waters, who was most recently the assistant headteacher at John Grant School, both started and finished her long career there.

The special needs facility, in St George's Drive, Caister, put on a an assembly on the last day of term to look back at her career.

Pam Ashworth, headteacher at John Grant School, said that Jill's replacement would have big shoes to fill.

Pam said: 'She is fantastically hardworking and is always the first to get stuff done. She'll leave a huge gap.'

She added Jill was an expert in children with autism.

As part of her leadership role she had developed the facilities for children on the spectrum, which was praised by inspectors in a recent Ofsted report.

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She was also seen as a mentor for both new and old staff.

Pam added: 'There were a few tears at the assembly and a few ex-pupils came along too.'

One of Pam's most recent achievements will also be her lasting legacy, after she took charge of a bid to fund a new sensory room.

Former England rugby player Phil Vickery opened the new and improved sensory room at the school, and the area was funded by the Wooden Spoon charity, which was set up by England rugby fans.

Jill's replacement as assistant head is Heidi Alexander.

Ms Alexander also has a background in helping children with autism and learning difficulties.

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