A Rugby High School teacher will complete 50 years service at the end of term.
Pupils and staff at the school held a special presentation assemly for her this morning (Friday).
Mrs Dodson, who specialises in teaching home economics, food and nutrition, started her teaching career at Aylwin Grammar School for Girls in London in 1963.
She joined the staff of Rugby High School in 1985. During her time at the school she has not only been responsible for inspiring students and instilling a love of well-cooked well balanced meals but she also has helped to transform the school’s catering provision advising in the appointment of staff and liaising with students.
Mrs Dodson has also worked as a senior examiner for a number of years.
Headteacher Charlotte Marten said: “Mrs Dodson has had an enormous influence on the school. She has taught several generations of students to cook healthy, balanced, affordable meals. Recently, she stepped in to cover examination classes for a colleague. Her passion for good food, cooked well has helped to transform our school meals: we used to serve less than 50 meals a day, today we serve several hundred.
“There cannot be many teachers who have taught for as many years as Mrs Dodson. The year in which she began teaching saw the very first episode of Dr Who, the opening of the Dartford Tunnel and the shooting of President Kennedy.
“The whole school would like to warmly congratulate Mrs Dodson on her achievements.”