High school teachers' farewell

A TRIO of teachers have bid a fond farewell to life in the Wetherby High School classroom.

Assistant headteacher Trevor Mead, head of physics Jim Frusher and food technology teacher Joan Lister have all put down their chalk after a combined total of more than 90 years at the blackboard.

As students across Wetherby prepare for the dreaded return to school next week, the long-serving teachers are gearing-up for a well deserved break.

Jim Frusher said he was ready for a rest from the laboratories.

"At the moment I'm just looking forward to enjoying the rest of the summer," he said. "I'll be keeping myself busy. I keep horses so there will be plenty for me to do.

"It hasn't really kicked in that I've left yet. I suppose when the school goes back it'll start to hit me.

"I've seen a lot of people come and go over at Wetherby High School and I've had a really wonderful time over the years."

Mr Frusher has been at the school for 35 years, Mr Mead has clocked up 34 years, while Mrs Lister leaves after 23 years.

"Being among children keeps you young so it is a little sad to be leaving," Mrs Lister said. "But the time is right to retire now."