A LONG-SERVING teacher at a county school has been honoured for her service to its community.

Kate Moroni has worked at Upton Upton Severn CofE Primary School for25 years and a special Zoom assembly was held earlier this month to mark the occasion.

Mrs Moroni first started at Upton back in 1996, taking on a number of differnet roles in that time.

She originally joined to teach a mixed year four and five class with responsibility for music, and has worked under four different headteachers, taught more than 700 students, been on more than 100 school trips, staged at least 20 school productions and marked more than a quarter of a million books.

She said, “It only seems like yesterday since I started teaching at Upton.

“It is a privilege to follow children’s time through school and see how they grow.

“I have taught the parents of numerous children who are in school now and it is my pleasure to see the adults our ex-pupils become.

“I am very happy here; I teach great children, enjoy the support of their lovely parents and work with a fantastic team of colleagues.”

Mrs Julie Wills, the Headteacher, said she was "delighted that the whole school community could enjoy this socially distanced special event celebration via Zoom."

In 2016, a similar celebration was held when Mrs Moroni celebrated 20 years at the school.

On that occasion, pupils and staff members planned a surprise birthday party for her after a class assembly attended by school governors and Upton residents.