A VERY familiar face at a Dorridge school will be missing when children and staff return after the summer holiday.
Mary Sturt is retiring as a teaching assistant at St George and St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath, after working there for almost 34 years.
Teachers, staff, parents and former colleagues attended a special mass for her.
Headteacher Des Foxon said Mary had given a great deal to the school in Mill Lane, also running clubs in signing and French, going on residential trips and serving as a school governor.
Paying tribute to her contribution to school life over the years, he said: “Mary has been a loyal and very hard working member of our staff. She has been such a great friend to all the staff with her support and kindness. Her work at this school has been outstanding.
“Everything that Mary has given has truly been from her heart and she has set such a wonderful example to us all.
“She has touched the lives of many people - not just the pupils - but families, parents, parishioners and staff alike.
“Nothing is ever too much trouble for Mary and she is dedicated, loyal and trustworthy. We wish her many happy days for her retirement.
“Our school will not be the same without her - we know all good things come to an end but this is one good thing that we just don’t want to lose.”