Thank you to Chris Uezzell who retires after 32 years at Hammond Academy

A strong school community is key to a great culture and Chris Uezzell has been a big part of this at Hammond Academy for over three decades.

After 32 years at the school she has recently retired, so we got in touch to express our gratitude for her commitment over the years and she told us a bit about her time there.

How does it feel to have retired?

I had a really lovely send off at the end of last year, I was extremely overwhelmed by the kindness of the teachers, parents and children. I retired at the same time as my husband, so it is nice to be at home together now but I will really miss everybody.

What did you love about Hammond Academy?

I was always happy at work. No two days were the same and if you did have a problem, other staff members were always approachable and supportive. Everyone was friends.

What motivated you to stay at Hammond Academy so long?

There were always opportunities for growth. When I first joined it was a tiny one form entry school. I started as a cleaner and over the years had many different jobs, including lunchtime and kitchens. My last duty was After School and Breakfast Club Leader, which was new at the time, so it was exciting to be able to support the children and their families in that way. I always felt like parents appreciated what we did.

What are your best memories from the school?

It has to be seeing the children coming through the school, of children I worked with there years ago. Both my children also went to the school.

What will you miss most?

The people. Everyone at the school and Aspire Academies Trust always made you feel welcome and part of a team.

Thanks again Chris, from everyone at Hammond Academy and Aspire Academies Trust!