A HEAD teacher is among staff who have retired at the end of the summer term.
Pauline Tymchak has spent all her 37-year career teaching at Calderdale schools.
She joined West Vale Primary School as deputy head in 1992 and and was promoted in 1997.
Previously, she taught at Bowling Green and Rawson Primary School.
She said when she started there was no national curriculum and over the years there had been many changes which had affected teachers and schools.
“Schools have moved with the times and I don’t know if all the changes have been for the better but it’s different today,” she said.
“And there are a lot more opportunities for children than 37 years ago.”
Mrs Tymchak, of Huddersfield, said she had tried to progress the school with the input of the local community and was proud of the results and the West Vale ethos is one of a large family.
“That is how people see our school and that is lovely,” she said.
“I’d like to thank everyone for all the support and friendship I have been given and I hope the school continues to thrive.”
A special assembly was held to mark her retirement and there was an open house for parents and former pupils.
An evening staff party followed.
Mrs Tymchak and her husband, Roman, who is also retired, plan an active retirement.
She said they were looking forward to taking more holidays, walking, cycling and gardening.