A DALES primary school has celebrated the long service of two staff members who between them have worked for 50 years at the school. Arkengarthdale Church of England Primary School's secretary Kath Hollingworth is celebrating 30 years of service, ensuring the smooth running of the office and caring for the wellbeing of both children and staff.

Barbara Birks has been a member of the team for 20 years, supporting children’s learning and play, looking after the school environment and ensuring that children and staff are well-nourished.

Headteacher Helen Ring said: “It is an honour to celebrate this wonderful milestone for Kath and Barbara.

"They have made a valuable contribution to the school over the years and are highly respected by their colleagues and of course the children. Their loyalty and dedication are unsurpassed.”

Ms Hollingworth and Ms Birks were presented with flowers as a thank you for their loyal service.