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Redditch's Pat calls it a day after 47 years at Crabbs Cross

Imogen Buller 10th Nov, 2017

A REDDITCH caretaker who has given her heart to the job for almost 50 years will be raising a teacup with some of the many staff and children she has met along the way.

Pat Rodgers started at Harry Taylor First School in September 1970, and having worked at the school – now Crabbs Cross Academy – for 47 years is looking forward to being reunited with some of the people she has worked with over the years.

Pat started as a lunchtime supervisor in 1970.

Her two daughters attended the school and as time went on, Pat took on other roles and also became a cleaner in the mid 1970s. In 1979, she became the school’s caretaker, a post she’s held ever since.

“I am very sad to leave but I take away many happy memories,” she said.

“I have worked for eight headteachers, countless teachers and children.

“Many of those children are now parents, bringing their own children to school. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work and I have been proud to be part of Crabbs Cross Academy. I know the school is being left in good hands and has an exciting future.”

On November 29, between 3.30pm and 4.30pm guests, past staff and students are all invited to join Pat and celebrate her career with a tea party at the school.

Crabbs Cross head, Sarah Shakles, said: “Pat has contributed so much to the school over the years. The children, staff, parents, governors and directors will miss her very much and hope she comes back to school events in the future.”

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