Staff Leavers – Summer 2020

As we return to school (today was an INSET day for staff), I thought that we should pay tribute to colleagues who left or retired in the summer term. As you may be aware, it wasn’t appropriate to do so at the end of the summer term.

First of all, Mr Ian Cooper (ICT) who worked with us from January 2016 until April 2020. Mr Cooper was an outstanding teacher and a brilliant Head of Year. He secured a promotion to Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) at North Gosforth Academy and we wish him every success for the future and thank him for his marvellous efforts at Harton for just over 4 years.

Secondly, Ms Sue Collings (Health & Social Care) who initially came for 3 months as cover back in September 2014 and then remained with us for 6 years until August 2020! It just shows what a lovely place Harton is to work. Ms Collings has decided to retire and we thank her too for her outstanding contribution over the 6 years. She was a fabulous member of staff and we wish her a wonderful, long and happy retirement.

Thirdly, Mrs Lynn White (Modern Foreign Languages) who worked at Harton from September 1993 until August 2020, a total of 27 years! Mrs White was a gifted linguist and fabulous teacher, who was our Head of MFL for a number of years. Mrs White has decided to retire also and we wish her a wonderful, long and happy retirement and thank her for her marvellous efforts over so many years. Another example of a member of staff who enjoyed working at Harton so much.

Finally, a young man who began back in September 1981 and although he spent some time at another school, he completed just short of 40 years at Harton. Mr Colin Chesborough has been a very close colleague and personal friend for 37 years and he has made an outstanding contribution to the education of both students and staff, myself included. His wisdom, experience and common sense have rubbed off on so many colleagues over the years and he has finally decided to call it a day. We wish him all the very best and thank him massively for his superb work as a Geography teacher and ultimately Deputy Headteacher. He will be greatly missed but is yet another fine example of how staff stay at Harton for so many years – it must be a lovely place to work, as I said earlier!

We welcomed a number of new staff and trainee staff to Harton this morning and I hope that they enjoy their time just as many before have and we wish them the best of luck.

We look forward to seeing our wonderful students tomorrow and fingers crossed all goes smoothly! Watch out for any updates during this and next week.

Very best wishes,

Sir Ken