Goodbye to teaching assistant Aileen, retiring after 28 years

Aileen Flippard retiring from Sandon school, pictured with head boy James Cooke. 849B
Aileen Flippard retiring from Sandon school, pictured with head boy James Cooke. 849B

A TEACHING assistant has retired from Grantham Additional Needs Federation after 28 years.

Aileen Flippard started as a volunteer at the federation, which includes Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School.

PA to the executive head Sarah Watts said: “She was a valuable member of staff. She’s going to be sorely missed by not only the staff but the pupils too.”

Aileen took on a variety of roles in the school from overseeing school trips to supporting students in their transition to college. She was also in charge of leading birthday celebrations for staff and pupils.

Mrs Watts said: “Years ago she used to go on camping trips with the students as well.”

But she will be remembered most for her fantastic cooking skills, which she used to help the children bake cakes for coffee mornings at the schools every Wednesday.

Mrs Watts added: “She is an exceptionally good cook and she regularly brought cakes into school for the staff, which was very nice. We will miss that.”

Aileen, who is still a governor at the federation, retired to spend more time with her family. But she is already thinking about returning to the school as a volunteer.