PUPILS and staff at Gateford Park Primary bid an emotional and fond farewell to the school’s caretaker who finally hung up his overcoat after 10 years.
Clive Jervis, 67, was the star of the show at a special surprise party held to send him off to retirement in true style after a decade of service.
Mr Jervis was enjoying a tasty buffet with staff past and present when he was suddenly called into the school hall by headteacher Loraine Shore.
“Mrs Shore said something had gone wrong and I was needed in the hall,” he said.
“When I walked in I saw a whole-school assembly waiting for me. It must have been the best-kept secret ever.”
Mr Jervis and his wife moved from London to the Worksop area 16 years ago after retiring as a detective sergeant from the Metropolitan Police.
He worked briefly as an odd-job man for the Worksop Trader before taking up his caretaker position at Gateford Park Primary when the school opened in 200.
“I remember there just being the headteacher, three teachers and about 60 children when it first opened, and it has expanded so much over the years,” he said.
“During my 32 years at the police I worked in everything from royalty protection to the bomb squad, and it gave me a really different slant on life.”
Pupils of all ages prepared a nostalgia-filled presentation to take Mr Jervis down memory lane – showcasing childhood pictures to ones of him on police horseback in Trafalgar Square.
He said: “It was really very emotional to hear their poems and see the special artwork and photos they had done – they had put so much effort into it.”
Mr Jervis is looking forward to happy retirement – keeping active and looking after their grandchildren – but his ties with the
school aren’t quite over yet.
He said: “I have been a staff governor for many years and was invited to stay on as a community governor, so they haven’t quite seen the back of me yet!”
Mrs Shore said it was difficult to say goodbye to such a hard-working and loyal member of staff.
“He was really liked by everyone and always had a cheery smile at the gates every morning,” she said.
“Mr Jervis always went that extra mile for the school and in his work as both a caretaker and school governor, he really was at the forefront.”
“He was a such a loyal member of staff and will be sadly missed.”