A teaching assistant who taught her son, granddaughters, and great-grandson is retiring after 50 years.

Lynn Heath, 74, has left the classroom at Bacup Holy Trinity School, on Booth Road, Stacksteads, for the final time after working as a teaching assistant for half a century.

Lynn, who is now looking forward to a well-deserved retirement, started her employment at the Tunstead School in 1974 after her son Jason enrolled in nursery and has not looked back since.

During her time at the school, Lynn has been involved in teaching her son, Jason Heath, her granddaughters Natasha Heath and Katie Health and more recently, her great-grandson, 12-year-old Lucas.

Lynn, who lives in Stacksteads, said: “It’s been a family school for me, all my family have been here.

“I have seen generations come through the school and some of the children I taught, I am teaching their children and some of them, I am teaching their grandchildren.”

During her 50 years, the Tunstead School merged with Western School to create Bacup Holy Trinity School in 1987, with Lynne watching the classrooms she had worked in for 13 years demolished.

She was moved over to take up a teaching assistant role at Bacup Holy Trinity School where she stayed for another 37 years, until Friday (July 22) when she clocked off for the final time.

Lynn said: I have enjoyed working with everyone and thank you for what everyone has done for my retirement.”

“I am very sad to be leaving. I just can’t believe it’s happening. It’s been my way of life for 50 years.”