Teachers retire after 73 years at Grantham school

Retiring teachers Jeff Wakefield, Sue Plews and Bob Carmichael.
Retiring teachers Jeff Wakefield, Sue Plews and Bob Carmichael.
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Three teachers have retired from their roles after a total of 73 years teaching pupils at Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form.

Colleagues and students bid a fond farewell to the three long-serving tutors last Wednesday.

Reflecting on his time at the school and the generations of students he has taught, Maths teacher Robert Carmichael said, “I can’t believe it’s been 38 years!

“It certainly hit home when one of my Year 7 students excitedly told me that I had actually taught her mum...and grandmother!

“They have been truly wonderful years and I will miss Walton, the students and staff a lot but I’m sure I will keep in touch”.

Science teacher Jeff Wakefield added: “I can echo Mr Carmichael’s words - the last 10 years have just flown by. The greatest accolade a teacher can have is the appreciation of students and I’ve been genuinely touched by the good luck messages from students and colleagues”.

During her 25 years with Walton Sue Plews was faculty leader for Design and Technology before accepting the role of teacher of Health and Social Care and Child Development.

Although retiring from her teaching position, Mrs Plews will remain as Marketing Officer and will use the opportunity to, in her words, “shout from the rooftops about what a great school Walton is!”

A presentation was made to each of the teachers during morning assembly by Principal Christine Horrocks, who said, “The loyalty and commitment shown by, not only our retiring teachers, but our teaching and support staff too is an integral part of the Walton community and is at the centre of our commitment to our students.”

Governor Brian Buttery added: “On behalf of the Governing Body, I add my very good wishes to them all for a happy retirement.”