Friday Hero

5th May 2006 at 01:00
Staffrooms are good at organising parties, and at St Eanswythe's primary school in Folkestone, Kent, there has been special cause for celebration this term since Angela Gunn qualified as a teacher and got her own Reception class.

The story of Mrs Gunn, who started as an assistant cleaner at the school 15 years ago, is so extraordinary that she appeared in The TES news pages last week ("NQT leaves duster behind") having just completed the graduate teacher programme.

She's done almost every job in the school - cleaner-in-charge, site manager, classroom assistant and sports coach - but has finally made it to teacher. "She's worshipped and adored in Reception," says headteacher Jane Garrett, who nominated her for our flowers, champagne and chocolates. "When she started on her academic trek (at Christ Church university, Canterbury) I promised we would celebrate when she made it, but she just laughed. Now she's a teacher, I think we've made the point."

Have you got a hero in your school? Tell Sarah Bayliss, Friday's editor.

Flowers kindly supplied by Marks and Spencer.

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