Educating assistant Janet Rankin retires after superb 50 years at Foreland Fields Faculty

A educating assistant who has labored an unbelievable 50 years at Foreland Fields Faculty is retiring at present (July 21).

Janet Rankin, 69, has executed the whole lot from working with infants by means of to sixth kind and infrequently stepped up because the minibus driver.

The nan-of-two began full-time on the faculty – which was then generally known as Lanthorne Hospital Faculty- when she was 19 however her hyperlinks really return to her personal faculty days.

She mentioned: “I had information of the college from after I was about 14 and at Lausanne faculty (in Margate) and we had hyperlinks with Lanthorne Hospital Faculty, because it was initially recognized. When it was anybody’s birthday Lausanne would make a cake and take it over to the kids.

“I by no means actually began out to work in baby care however after I was 16 I used to be very ailing and off faculty for six months and missed my exams. So, I spent the Easter to July at Holy Trinity doing a little work in Reception. The headteacher there mentioned I used to be a pure with the children and that modified my life, I by no means seemed again.”

Janet returned to high school to take her exams a 12 months later after which whereas at school had visits to Lanthorne (now Foreland Fields).

She mentioned: “Me and my pal simply liked it and requested the headmaster if he had any vacancies!”

At 19 Janet was taken on in a full-time function on the faculty and has been there ever since. She mentioned: “It has simply been part of my life, my daughter Sarah works there too. She began when she was 18 and is now 36.

“I’ve by no means seemed again and have by no means needed to depart. I like the children, love the employees and the ambiance.

“I labored full-time when it was residential and used to drive the minibus morning and night time.

“There have been some large modifications. After I first began the college had 20 kids and 4 lessons. This September there will probably be 270 kids. I’ve had 5 headmasters and there have been hundreds of kids. It fitted in with faculty hours after I had my daughter so it was the perfect job.”

Janet, from Margate, additionally gives respite with day journeys or in a single day stays for 3 adults who have been as soon as pupils on the faculty and runs a tenpin bowing membership for youngsters at weekends along with her daughter.

She mentioned: “I’m retiring so I can take care of my grandchildren. Though I’m not precisely retiring as I’m going to go on a zero hours contract!”

‘Form and caring’

Foreland Fields headteacher Adrian Mount mentioned: “Janet has labored on the faculty for an incredible 50 years. When she first began, the college was primarily based in Lanthorne Highway in Broadstairs.

“Janet is thought for being a sort and caring particular person. In addition to her function as a educating assistant on the faculty, Janet has continued to assist pupils outdoors of faculty hours, organising golf equipment and occasions for younger folks.

“Janet, together with different colleagues, led the PTFA affiliation on the faculty, generally known as The Buddies of Foreland Faculty (FOFS), the place she organised and ran complete faculty occasions such because the summer season and Christmas festivals in addition to pupil occasions. All the cash raised went straight to the pupils, giving them presents or paying for occasions.

“It has been a pleasure working with Janet and she or he will probably be a lot missed by the entire faculty group”

Foreland Fields Faculty, which moved to its web site in Newlands Lane, Ramsgate, in 2017, caters for pupils with Profound, Extreme and Advanced Wants together with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Dysfunction).

The Hive

At present a undertaking on the faculty is beneath solution to create the primary nationwide bespoke coaching, recreation and studying centre for younger folks and adults with particular academic wants and/or disabilities.

The Hive scheme headed by Foreland Fields Charity, working with Kent County Council and assisted by GPM2 Design Architects & Surveyors, will create an accessible sport and leisure hub behind Foreland Fields Faculty, together with a soccer pitch and sport subject, inclusive pavilion, horticulture space, forest faculty, and humanities space.

The hub will probably be utilized by the kids and younger folks of Foreland Fields SEN Faculty in addition to companions from the broader native incapacity group, together with Thanet Galaxy PAN Incapacity Soccer, Inclusive Sport, and East Kent Mencap.

For those who’d wish to make a donation, have an concept for funding or can volunteer in anyway get involved at

Or discover the fundraising web page through

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