A cleaner at a primary school in Elland has retired after 27 years – despite never actually applying for the job.
Brooksbank School’s site supervisor for cleaning, Harriet Doran, hung up her overalls for the last time last week.
Harriet, who lives in Elland, was a well-known figure on the corridors in her familiar blue uniform and has worked at the school longer than most.
In 2007, Harriet was chosen as School Cleaner of the Year at the National Awards for School Support Staff.
Of her career, Harriet said: “I was asked to cover for someone who was ill for 12 months – and 27 years later I’m still here.
“The head teacher at the time, Mr Morton Roberts, promoted me from cleaner to caretaker and asked me to sort out the cleaning of the school, which was a bit shabby in those days.”
Harriet has seen many changes since then.
“Everything has improved enormously,” she said.
“But one thing I’ve noticed which has nothing to do with the premises is the children themselves.
“The difference in their behaviour is remarkable. They are so calm and polite these days and their manners on the corridors are a credit to them.”
Current head teacher Jane Blackburn paid tribute to Harriet’s commitment at an after-school tea party.
“Harriet will be sorely missed by everyone in the school, not just her cleaning team, but by the teachers and students as well.”
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