Married couple retire from Kettering school after 30 years

Sarah and Roger Eaton, who have both retired from Southfield School in Kettering, after a combined 30 years' service
Sarah and Roger Eaton, who have both retired from Southfield School in Kettering, after a combined 30 years' service
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A married couple have bid farewell to a school in Kettering after notching up more than 30 years’ service between them.

Sarah and Roger Eaton left Southfield School in Lewis Road earlier this month.

Sarah arrived at the school in April 1990 as a part-time general assistant in the science department.

Two years later she moved to the library, eventually becoming the library manager. Over the years she has helped build it up, and today it has more than 17,000 resources.

She coped with the school’s asbestos disaster in 2003 when she lost every single book and had to rebuild her library from scratch. During this time, and with the school unable to reopen for six months, she made a mobile library to take on tour to the students in the Kettering area.

Sarah also organised the regular “House” quizzes at the school.

She left the school on April 4, the day after the 24th anniversary of her arrival at Southfield.

Her husband Roger was technician for the English, Drama and Media departments, and also played a central role in the back-stage work of productions, along with technical assistance during assemblies and exams, such as language orals and dance moderation.

Roger, who was known as “Mr Fix It”, left after five years.

A school statement said: “They are both going to leave a huge void at Southfield and will be sorely missed.”