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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Teacher with a class of 6,000!

A MILLOM teacher who has taught more than 6,000 pupils is retiring after 39 years.

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Retiring: Val Towndrow after receiving flowers for her 39 years service from pupils (from left) Chloe Temple, Catherine McNally, Lacie Cartwright and Amelia McPhillips.

Val Towndrow has taught at Millom School since 1975.

She said: “Lots of kids say to me, ‘Miss, you taught my mum’. I thought I’ve got to get out before they start saying I’ve taught their gran.”

Mrs Towndrow had never been to Millom when she accepted the job, despite growing up in Coniston.

However, she fell in love with the place and its people and chose to raise her family there.

“Millom is a wonderful place; an absolutely amazing place to live and bring up children,” said Mrs Towndrow, who also worked with her husband who became head of art at Millom School.

Being promoted to head of year was the happiest time of her career and her abiding memories are of the Lipsynch performances which were the talk of the town in the noughties.

She said: “We did a lot of shows but a particular one we did, my husband and I performed as Tina Turner and Rod Stewart and the kids couldn’t work out who it was. Once they did the place was in uproar.”

The 61-year-old has a grandchild due in Australia so she is hoping to visit her son once the baby arrives. She also has three grandchildren in Newcastle.

In time she would also like to concentrate on her own artwork.

She said: “Working with kids you end up giving away all your ideas. You drain your creativity to inspire them. I will have some down time and I might go back into sculpture.”

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