A veteran Chenderit School teacher who has retired after 36 years’ service was presented with one of its original bricks.
This was to symbolise how John Childs will always be part of the fabric of the school and how his own beliefs are integral to the Chenderit community.
John joined as head of art in 1979, the year the school opened. His long career has included stints as classroom teacher, head of faculty, head of year, assistant head, gallery director and even artist in residence.
Headteacher Jane Cartwright paid tribute to his dedicaton and commitment at a special staff celebration.
She said: “John has always had students’ achievement and enjoyment at the very centre of his thinking and he will be leaving a very clear legacy at Chenderit School.
“We thank him for a lifetime of commitment to the education of young people not just here, but more widely.”
John said the fundamental philosophy of any comprehensive school was to allow each and every child to reach his or her maximum potential.
He added: “I have loved my time at Chenderit and have really enjoyed working with the young people here. I have always done my best to support the students and am very proud of all they have gone on to achieve.”
John’s career has seen him become a GCSE assistant chief examiner, as well as president of the National Society for Education in Art and Design.
He has achieved Artsmark Gold for Chenderit, in addition to securing the school Specialist Status in Visual Arts.
His successor, Tom Christy, said: “John’s hard work and energy have been an inspiration. We are all determined to ensure that the high standards he has set will be maintained.”