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UK: Pupils return to school to work

A group of 14 former pupils at a Birmingham school loved their time in class so much they have all returned to take up jobs there.

Most of the group are teachers at St Paul's School for Girls in Edgbaston, with others taking up support jobs.

The ex-pupils have even given a name to their exclusive club, SPOGOTS - the St Paul's Old Girls On The Staff.

Deputy head Dawn Casserly said it was the spirit at the school which kept pupils coming back.

"There is very much a feeling of community here where we care for pupils and pupils feel they are cared for, so coming back isn't an awful thing to do but a natural thing," said Mrs Casserly.

'Traditional values'

The group of 14 includes 10 teachers and four support staff.

The newest member of the club is 21-year-old lay chaplain Stephanie Shepard. The most senior member is head of health and social care, Margaret Sutherland, who has been teaching at the school for 30 years.

The Roman Catholic comprehensive school, which opened in 1908, has just over 950 pupils.

"We are traditional but not backward looking, being on the cutting edge of using new technology," said Mrs Casserly.

"The fact that pupils do come back to teach shows that we have kept core traditional values that are so important in a world of educational targets where the individual can get lost."

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