Four long-serving teachers bid farewell to Staveley school

Four long-serving teachers at a school in Staveley are set to bid farewell after more than 100 years of service.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 12:02 pm
L-R: Peter Bamford (assistant head), Sue Dight (deputy head), Alan Senior (Headteacher) and Bev Wood (heads PA) are leaving Netherthorpe School after more than 100 years' service.

Headteacher Alan Senior, deputy headteacher Sue Dight, assistant headteacher Peter Bamford and the headteacher’s personal assistant Bev Wood, have all announced they are stepping down at Netherthorpe School, Ralph Road.

The news comes after it was announced Netherthorpe is to become a ‘lead school’ under the Cavendish Learning Trust - a ‘multi academy trust’ based in north east Derbyshire, currently made up of three schools.

Mr Bamford joined from Wales High School in 1990 as head of history. He has overseen the Duke of Edinburgh scheme as well as all trips and visits.

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He said: “I shall be very sad to be leaving Netherthorpe. It’s been a major part of my life for the past quarter of a century.

“One of the highlights of my teaching career has been to see the wonderful projects and campaigns our students have got involved in which have benefitted our local community and beyond. Just this year I have been overwhelmed with the support our students have given to our two school charities, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Sight Support Derbyshire, raising an incredible £16,000 to share between the two charities.”

His colleague, headteacher Mr Senior, joined in 1997 as deputy headteacher before being promoted 12 years later. Under his leadership, the school achieved its best-ever set of GCSE results in 2015.

Mr Bamford added: “I am lucky to have worked with some fantastic teachers over the years and made many great friends. Teachers are a tremendously dedicated bunch and deserve far more plaudits than they sometimes get.”

Mrs Wood was a student at Netherthorpe and left in 1969. She returned in 1989, later becoming the headteacher’s PA.

Mrs Dight joined 1982 as head of home economics. In 2000 she became assistant headteacher before being appointed deputy headteacher.

Explaining the Cavendish Trust, a document on the Netherthorpe School website, states: “At the present we are in the process of forming a multi-academy trust, based in north east Derbyshire. The three schools are Netherthorpe School, Barrow Hill Primary School and Poolsbrook Primary School.

“We approached the Duke of Devonshire with our project. He agreed to let us use his family name and we adopted the name ‘Cavenish Learning Trust’.”

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