Doncaster school bids farewell to beloved kitchen staff member who is retiring after 37 years

A Doncaster school staff member who has been described as ‘always smiling’ will be missed by her colleagues who want to wish her a happy retirement after working in the schools kitchens for over three decades.

By Laura Andrew
Friday, 18th September 2020, 4:45 pm

Jenny White started as a General Kitchen Assistant at Bentley High Street Primary School in 1984.

Back then she worked in the scullery but during her 37 years has worked her way up to a Senior General Kitchen Assistant.

And now at the age of 77, she has made the decision to retire.

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Jenny White has worked at the school for 37 years.

The cook in charge at the school, Mandi Phillips, has worked closely with Jenny over the last six years, said: “She knows the names of every child at this school.

In the kitchen, some of the areas that Jenny was in charge of were gravy, custard, and food cooked in pots.

Before she came to work at Bentley High Street Primary School she was a manager at British Homestore.

Jenny has been described by her collugues as a lovely woman who is always smiling.

It was after the birth of her first child that she started working in the kitchen.

“She has loved working at this school,” Mandi said.

Mandi says that Jenny has thrived working at the school and that she is always smiling at work and a pleasure to be around.

“Jenny has always been very level headed and calm,” Mandi said.

“She’s so organised all the time a real skill to have in this job.

"It has helped our kitchens run smoothly.

“She’s been an absolute pleasure to work with through the years.”

Jenny is retiring to spend more time with her husband Ronnie, her daughter Kirsten and her two grandchildren.

According to Mandi she is one of the longest-serving employees of the Doncaster School of Catering.

“Jenny loved and was devoted to the school,” Mandi said.

“She has been loveable, kind, and generous.”

All of the staff at Bentley High Street Primary School want to wish Jenny a happy and relaxing retirement.

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