STAFF and students said their farewells to a popular member of staff.
Peter Howey, assistant headteacher at Hetton School, retired at the end of term after 28 years with the North Road school.
Mr Howey, said: “Not a day has gone by that I haven’t enjoyed being at the school – this has been down to the students, staff and community.
“I have endless memories, especially about extra-curricular activities such as coaching a football team for 29 years of my career and the 104 residential trips I have been part of.”
The former teacher has worked as a youth worker in Sunderland for 31 years and he plans to carry on with that as well as being a part-time physio for Sunderland Football Club Academy.
Phil Keay, headteacher at Hetton School, said: “Pete Howey knows every student in the school and most of the parents.
“He is also an excellent science teacher, with his students always achieving excellent results.
“He is a unique individual and we will miss him.
“I am honoured to have worked with him over the past three years as headteacher.”