A TEACHER retiring from North Bromsgrove High School has come top of the class in her Textiles A level which she has taken this year alongside students.
Catherine Howard has been an English teacher for 41 years and has taught at North for the last three years. As she came to the end of her career she decided to stitch herself a new challenge and take the course as an adventure.
She is now going on to do an art degree at the Hereford college of Arts after achieving an A* in the subject- making her just one of 34 in the entire country out of more than 1,000 students.
The 61-year-old thanked the head of the textiles department Adele Davidson for getting her through the course and her daughter Jenny who also teaches the subject and gave her plenty of extra homework.
Catherine said: “I am really excited about this challenge but I am equally scared.
“It is just starting something new and I am looking forward to just seeing where it goes.
“I took the A level so I could prove I could actually do something worth showing.”
As part the coursework Catherine created a jacket for Will-I-Am to wear on The Voice on BBC1 but sadly never got to try it on him.
“I really want to thank everyone at the school, they have been so supportive and my family.”
Like Catherine, A and AS level students across the district received their results yesterday – turn to page eight and nine for more on how they did.