Pastoral care teacher retires from school after 16 years of supporting students

The "pillar" of a school's community is retiring after 16 years working in pastoral care.

Philippa Pickering is retiring after 16 years at Burton Borough School
Philippa Pickering is retiring after 16 years at Burton Borough School

Burton Borough School's Philippa Pickering is retiring as the Head of Student Services after almost 16 years working at the school in various pastoral jobs.

In her role, Philippa has supported students all the way from Year 6, and the transition into secondary school, until they leave at the end of Year 11.

She has lived in Newport for 31 years and is retiring to move up north to be closer to family and her grandchildren.

"I have slightly mixed feelings this week," Philippa said. "I have absolutely loved my job, it has been amazing working with children as they grow up.

"It has been a joy and a delight and I have realised it is something I fell into but loved. The pastoral team is so strong and passionate it's been an honour to work with them all."

'She remembers everyone'

Principal Krissi Carter said Philippa will be missed by staff and students alike at the Newport school and thanked her for her hard work and caring nature over the years.

"I have been working here for nearly five years and she is the most incredible colleague, she is all about the children and Burton Borough School," Krissi said. "If you cut her in half you would see Burton Borough running through her veins, it is her whole life.

"She remembers everyone – every family and child, past and present. If you asked her about a family would be able to tell you all about it. She is a fountain of knowledge.

"She is so incredible and works so hard. It's going to be a massive loss for Burton Borough School but you have to start thinking of yourself sometimes and it is the right time."

Krissi said she completely supports Philippa's decision and she wishes her all the best.

She added: "Philippa is definitely a pillar of the Burton Borough family, and staff, students and everyone will be sad to see her leave."

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