A MUCH-LOVED deputy head teacher is retiring from her post after 30 years at a local school.
Maggie Tate has been educating youngsters at Abbot Beyne School and Sixth Form since 1984.
She originally went to the school on a temporary basis to cover another teacher for 12 weeks while they were on maternity leave, but the school were eager to keep her, and she has been there ever since.
When she retires from her school life Maggie intends to take up volunteer work at the National Trust and the National Memorial Arboretum, but not before going on holiday first.
Maggie said: “Every day at the school has been different and I’ve loved every moment of it.
“Abbott Beyne is a really inclusive school with great students and great staff and I will miss them all.”
Maggie has had some golden moments at the school, and intends to treasure them when she retires this week.
One of her favourite memories was running a ‘Law and Order’ module for 12 weeks.
Maggie said: “It was fantastic, the students really grabbed it and embraced it
“We had a mock court trial with people playing barristers and all sorts.
“Central News heard about it and we ended up on the news.”
Of course, Maggie has her not so proud moments too.
“My most embarrassing moment was when I was showing off with the head teacher four years ago and doing a ‘strictly come dancing’ here at the school.
“We were dancing about and as I stepped backwards I snapped my Achilles tendon.
“I fell down like a house of cards and for weeks after everybody was laughing saying ‘it serves you right for showing off”.
When thinking about the prospect of retiring from Abbot Beyne School, Maggie said: “I haven’t stopped crying the past four weeks. I feel like I’m leaving a family behind but I’m sure I’ll embrace retirement when I leave.”
Head Teacher Annabel Stoddart said: “Maggie has been at the school for so long, won’t be the same without her here.
“There will be a huge hole when she’s gone and she will not be easy to replace.
“She has been here at the school for longer than me, I have no doubt that she will be missed.”