Headteacher's PA Retires After 34 Years of Service
Staff, both past and present, gathered at New Line Learning Academy to wish the headteacher’s PA a well-deserved retirement after 34 years of service.
Around 80 people attended the surprise celebrations for Janet Hotson, which took place on the last day of term (Friday, October 21st).
Guests included current employees, as well as Mrs Hotson’s former colleagues from Oldborough Manor School, which merged with Senacre Technology College in 2007 to form NLL.
Mrs Hotson was employed at Oldborough Manor School in 1982, as office manager, before becoming the headteacher’s personal assistant.
When asked what she will miss the most about her working life, Mrs Hotson said: “The people, undoubtedly.” She added: “I really have enjoyed working. It’s why I have stayed for so long but I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and doing all the things I’ve not been able to do, such as spending more time in the garden and travelling the world.”
During her 34 years of employment, Mrs Hotson, who hasn’t taken a single day off, worked for 10 headteachers, including David Elliott, of New Line Learning Academy (pictured above with Mrs Hotson).
Mr Elliott said: “Janet really is at the heart of New Line Learning Academy. She has been a trusted and well-respected colleague, a mother figure and most importantly, a friend to many.
“There doesn’t seem to be enough words to sum up the thanks we owe to Janet for her dedication and support. She will be sorely missed but we all wish a very happy and well-deserved retirement.”
In addition to Mrs Hotson’s work milestones, she also served as the Mayoress of Maidstone when her husband, Eric, who is a county councillor, was Mayor from 2010 to 2011.
Mr Hotson attended the surprise retirement celebrations, along with one of the couple’s three daughters and their grandson.