A RETIRING teacher received a standing ovation from pupils and staff after 30 years at the same school.

Marilyn Tempest joined Crook Primary School in 1984 and has been the deputy headteacher since 2003.

Today (April 30) was her last day at the school before she retires, and the 61-year-old admitted it was emotional.

She was given a standing ovation at the end of an emotional assembly by the whole school while former pupil Lyndon Longhorne presented her with flowers.

Mrs Tempest, who has also been the school's special needs coordinator for a number of years, said: "I have had the most wonderful time here, teaching is the best job in the world.

"The support from staff and parents has been amazing, I have so many memories it is impossible to choose a favourite."

Mrs Tempest has taught hundreds of pupils, even the children of former students, and said she will always have fond memories of those who have passed through h her classroom.

She said: "I have taught all ages in my time and the children have been superb.

"I will miss this job."

She now plans to spend more time with family before doing some travelling.

School governor Ann Tomlinson praised Mrs Tempest's years of service to the school, adding: "We wish her all the best for her retirement."