A BRILLIANT teacher who was so popular with families that children were named after her will be missed when youngsters return to a nursery school in September.
Hilary Beagley retired this year at the age of 60, after 26 years at The Brambles Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Southsea where her enthusiasm and passion for the job made a strong impression on children from six months to five years.
Headteacher Allison Gale, who joined the school 20 years ago, said: ‘It’s been a huge privilege to work with Hilary all these years, and thanks to her our children have had a wonderful start to school life. Hilary’s departure will leave a huge gap that will never be filled again. She loved children – they were her life.
‘The fact that babies were named after her is a testament to the positive impact she had.’