Goodbye Katy

Recently we congratulated and said farewell to our colleague and friend, Katy Smith, as she left us for her retirement after working for the charity for over 20 years ago.

What's been the  highlight of your time working at Education Support Partnership? 

I began working for the charity in 1996. I consider being involved with the charity through its growth a highlight of my time here.

I have seen it grow from a benevolent fund providing residential/nursing care homes to the wider organisation that exists today to support teachers, lecturers, school leaders, support staff and prison educators throughout their careers and during retirement with practical and emotional help as well as staff wellbeing services for schools and local authorities. 

What will you miss most?

Of course I will really miss the camaraderie of working with such fantastic colleagues and there have been quite a few over the years. 

What will you miss least? 

I have to say I am very much looking forward to no longer having to commute to work on crowded, smelly trains! 

What are you looking forward to most in your retirement? 

Having more time to seeing my friends more regularly, be a lady who lunches.  I would like to do some more travelling and hopefully, lots of dancing!

Katy's leaving drinks

We gave Katy a good send off a a local hostelry. Here are some pics of the event. 

Thank you Katy for your service to education staff! It has been a privilege working with you and we hope you'll enjoy every minute of your retirement.

Katy, Pav and Maggie 

Katy receiving her leaving gift

Pav, Katy, Carl, Charlotte & Jeremy