Tributes to popular ex-headteacher in Mexborough

Former head teacher Janet Groocock, who died recently.
Former head teacher Janet Groocock, who died recently.
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Tributes have been paid to a long-serving former head teacher who has died aged 67.

Janet Groocock was head at Pitt Street Infant School in Mexborough for 25 years.

Relatives and former colleagues have been lining up this week to pay tribute following her death from vascular dementia on Thursday, September 12.

Husband Phil, 68, said: “She was very well liked by pupils, parents and staff at the school.

“Janet always wanted the school to be open for the community to get involved with and very much saw Pitt Street as an integral part of the community.

“Parents and pupils were always getting involved with projects at the school.”

Mrs Groocock worked in several schools in Rotherham before becoming deputy head of Pitt Street Infants in 1972.

She became head teacher in 1979 and remained there until her retirement in 2004.

Former colleague Sharon Foster, a teaching assistant, said: “She was a lovely lady, a fantastic and caring teacher and head teacher.

“She was loved and respected by staff, parents, grandparents and pupils.

“Her office door was always open to anyone and everyone.

“Her life was Pitt Street Infants School.

“She will be sadly and greatly missed by all who knew her.”

She leaves husband Phil, two sons and two grandchildren.

Friends, family, former colleagues and pupils were expected to attend the funeral service at Mexborough Parish Church on Thursday.