A BURY primary school has bid a fond farewell to a long-serving teacher following her retirement.

Goodbye celebrations took place at Old Hall Primary School for Claire Coop after she left her her multifaceted role of assistant headteacher, Key Stage 2 leader, Year 6 class teacher and leader for English, Music, Art and Design and Technology.

Mrs Coop worked as a teacher at Old Hall for 32 years, teaching a wide range of year groups across Key Stage 2, most recently working with Year 6 for 14 years.

She also organised and led school singing assemblies and music concerts, as well as teaching the violin and the recorder.

In particular, she worked closely with the school choir who have performed at Manchester Arena, The Bridgewater Hall and local concerts at St Stephen’s and All Saints Church, Brandlesholme.

In addition to her school roles, Mrs Coop also worked as a part time National Strategy Consultant for English for five years, working across primary schools within the Local Authority, undertaking moderation and training teachers in order to raise standards and achievement in reading and writing across Bury schools.

Old Hall headteacher, Deborah Ainscoe, said “Mrs Coop will be sadly missed by everybody. She has been an amazing asset to our school and should feel immensely proud of her legacy.

"We would like to thank Mrs Coop for all her hard work and wish her a very happy retirement and best wishes for the future."

Current and former school staff, governors and pupils past and present contributed towards special gifts for Mrs Coop, who also received a long term service award in recognition of her 34 years continuous employment for Bury Local Authority.