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Well done to Debbie on her 30 years’ service

Congratulations to Debbie Wate who has worked for 30 years at Peckover Primary School.

Debbie joined the school on 1 October 1990. Her role has developed massively over the decades and she says that her colleagues are like a second family: ‘I have worked in practically every class in the school since I started. I spent a lot of time working one to one with a little boy who had global developmental delay and ADHD. I have also had a couple of years working out of the classroom doing focused intervention work. Most of my time has been working in Key Stage 1. When I became a HLTA I did lots of cover work throughout the school and over the last five or six years I have been based in Year 2.

'I have been on quite a lot of amazing residentials, mainly with Year 6 children. They were tremendous fun, hugely hard work and made you very sleep deprived! Probably the highlight has been the staff that I have worked with. They have all been absolutely wonderful. You don’t stay in the job for 30 years if you don’t get on with people so I have been really blessed with some amazing people. I have had fantastic leadership and really supportive staff that I have worked with that I have benefited hugely from. I can’t believe it has been 30 years, although it is quite scary because I remember some of our present teachers being children at school!

‘I have been so fortunate to be on so many different training and behaviour courses and have been really well supported in my career. My colleagues are like an extended family. They have given me lots of love and support as well as to the children that we look after and that is why we are such a successful school because we are so caring. We see children as individuals and want the best for them.

What was lovely is that Carrie did an assembly with lots of old photos of me that was beamed into the classrooms so all the children shared my celebrations and I was also given a wonderful cake and a bottle of champagne.’

Principal Carrie Norman said: ‘Debbie is a key part of the school. She is our first Higher Level Teaching Assistant and does a lot of teaching as well. She has been on the Governing Body for over 10 years and always goes the extra mile. She is really driven and absolutely committed to getting the best from the children. She is a great team player and very encouraging to her colleagues. Debbie is like a stick of rock, she has got Peckover running all the way through her!’


Debbie with Principal Carrie Norman (far left) and some of Peckover's current teachers, who she has herself taught over the years.


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