|On the last day of term staff and students at Springwell Community College said goodbye to a number of members of staff. Six members of staff retired or left after working at the college and its predecessor schools for a combined total of over 150 years; Debbie Rayner, Gill Leake, Ken Allen, Carol Clarke, Jill Codrington and Angela Barnston.
Headteacher Ian Wingfield said: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to six teachers who have given their careers to Springwell and to education in Staveley and Brimington. Many of our students’ parents have been taught by one of more of them and, dare I say it, a few grandparents too! It is absolutely right that we give them a great send off on their last day, to show our admiration of their wonderful careers and give our thanks for everything they have done for the young people of our community. All of us wish them very happy and healthy retirements.”
The colleagues arrived by limousine and were driven in to the college grounds, to be welcomed by all students and staff, who sang a song.
Guest of honour was Steve Pettett. Mr Pettett is retiring as a college governor after 27 years in office. During this time he has overseen the appointment of six headteachers and was a driving force in securing and planning the college’s new buildings, which were opened in 2011. Mr Pettett’s career in education began in 1974 as a science teacher at Brimington Boys’ School. He then taught at Westwood School and subsequently at Springwell, where he was a deputy headteacher.
Mr Wingfield paid tribute to Mr Pettett’s contribution to education in the area: “Steve has dedicated his working life and a large part of his retirement to improving the life chances of young people in our area. On behalf of students, staff, governors and the community I would like to thank him sincerely for everything he has done for us and wish him a very happy retirement.”