A SCHOOL receptionist who has been described as "the oracle" is saying farewell after 34 years.

Ann Pamment is retiring from her role at Shakespeare Junior School in Eastleigh on December 17.

After going part-time over two years ago, Ann has made the decision to leave, and will be greatly missed by her colleagues and all at the school who know her.

Colleague Wendy Morby said: "I have worked with Ann at Shakespeare Junior School since May 2000, so nearly 22 years.

"Ann is on the front line and has seen quite a few changes. She has worked with four different head teachers at the school.

"Her work ethic is absolutely brilliant. Ann is always reliable and she has been so committed to the job. I always knew I could rely on her completely.

"We always know what each other is thinking. I will really miss her."

One thing that makes Ann stand apart is her remarkable knowledge and memory of the school, including those who have passed through it.

Wendy said: "She knows people's parents and even grandparents who attended the school in her time. Everybody seems to know her.

"We call her the oracle of Shakespeare Junior School as she will remember people and she knows everyone. She has amazing knowledge and is a brilliant judge of character.

"Ann keeps on about her retirement and is counting down the days, but I think she'll really miss it."

Shakespeare Junior School head teacher, Steve Cox, said Ann will be "sorely missed by everyone."

Mr Cox said: "Working in the office, she has been the first face that everyone sees at the school for all this time and has welcomed thousands of children and parents through the door. She is the first contact for everyone when calling into school and has got to know generations of families.

"She will be sorely missed by everyone at school, with her sense of humour and quick wit. She doesn’t enjoy being centre of attention and likes to come in, work hard, get jobs done and go home to family.

"We would like to take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to Ann from all the parents, children, staff and governors who have worked with her over the years.

"Thank you for everything that you have done for Shakespeare Junior School and the local community.

"There will be a big hole in the office, but she now needs to concentrate on family and holidays. Ann, you will be missed by us all, enjoy your well-earned retirement."