A SCHOOL in Taunton is in mourning after the death of a former teacher.

The Castle School has announced former long-serving teacher, Pauline Parkman, sadly passed away on Tuesday night (January 8).

Mrs Parkman had been with the school for more than 30 years in varying roles, but most notably as head of food.

A spokesman for the school said: "It is with enormous sadness that we are letting you know that Pauline Parkman passed away on Tuesday night.

"Pauline was at The Castle School from 1975 to 2007, as head of food and she kept on coming back whenever we needed help, part time teaching, or supply for a further four years.

"Pauline was a committed member of Lancaster House, and nurtured several tutor groups through their five year journey.

We know that those adults who benefitted from the care and warmth she gave them as children will remember her with great affection and respect."

During the reliable teacher's tenure at the school, she taught students how to cook, among other skills, while utilising a 'great' sense of humour.

The spokesman added: "The long service is indicative of the loyalty she has shown to our families.

"Pauline can be credited with engaging and enthusing hundreds of children, in many cases nurturing and growing those early seeds that has led to many inspired and accomplished cooks.

"Her tried and tested recipes are still a feature of many family meals in Taunton and further afield.

"More importantly, many of her students acquired the values which have led to them enjoying successful lives, because of her integrity and guidance over the five years of their time at the school.

"Pauline always had a warm and caring manner, alongside a great sense of humour.

"Pauline has been a valued and much loved member of our family.

"We send our best wishes and commiserations to her family and to the staff still at the school who were either taught by Pauline, or worked alongside her."