A welcome face will be missing from Spalding High School for the first time in 22 years with the retirement of deputy headteacher Doreen Bamford.
Students and staff said an emotional goodbye to the “excellent servant” and twice acting headteacher at an end-of-term assembly on Wednesday.
Before her retirement, Mrs Bamford had been invited to a staff leaving function and two evening meals laid on by the geography department and senior leadership team at the school.
Mrs Bamford, who lives in Sleaford, said: “It’s been an incredibly emotional week and lots of people have come in to see me, including retired staff and ex-students.
“I felt a little bit more composed on Wednesday, but it’s going to take a long time for me to get used to retirement.”
Headmistress Michele Anderson said: “Everyone who has spoken on behalf of Mrs Bamford has made reference to what an incredible support and inspiration she has been and how we all admire her passion, dedication and boundless energy.”
Keith Kennedy, chairman of governors, added: “Doreen has been an excellent servant to the school.”