THE headteacher of a Bridgwater school is retiring after nearly four decades of service.

Sue Bird started as a Reception class teacher at Hamp Nursery and Infants School in 1982 and worked her way up through the ranks to become deputy headteacher before taking on the role of headteacher.

She has been teaching at the school for 38 years.

To celebrate Sue's retirement staff and students enjoyed a socially distanced picnic at the school.

On Thursday (October 22) a group of pupils performed a special rap song and dance for Mrs Bird to pay tribute to her and on her last day staff put on a special afternoon tea to thank her for her service.

Michelle Martin, chairman of governors at Hamp Nursery and Infants School, said: "Sue's dedication and commitment to our children and their community will leave a lasting impression on pupils, their families and their community.

"Her influence will continue to shape our school as she retires knowing she leaves a staff that she has put together and trained.

"As she has taught here for such a long time she will have impacted on a great many families in the community and we are grateful for all she has achieved."