A TEACHING assistant who has worked at the same primary school for more than 26 years is saying her final goodbyes.

Andrea Swift, 59, is a long-standing member of staff at Queens Road Academy and has taught hundreds of pupils.

Rachel Sakels, who has worked alongside Andrea for eight years, said: “Andrea will be sorely missed at Queens Road Academy.

“Both her colleagues and her students will miss her dearly as she really epitomises the school with her positivity and kindness.
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“At this point she’s part of the furniture because she’s worked with so many people and pupils over the years.

“We hope to give her the perfect send-off and wish her a very happy and deserved retirement.”