Re­tire­ment of pop­u­lar teach­ers who have com­pleted to­tal of 70 years in bor­ough School farewell to deputy heads

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospital Update - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­ Pupils and staff at an Ash­ford school will bid a fond farewell to­mor­row to two deputy heads who have been teach­ing in the bor­ough for a com­bined to­tal of more than 70 years.

Teach­ers Red­mond Piner and Adri­enne Smith are both re­tir­ing from their roles as deputy head teach­ers at The North School to­mor­row.

Mrs Smith has been teach­ing at the Es­sella Road school for 34 years and has worked her way up from teacher to head of depart­ment, as­sis­tant head, to head of year. She has been deputy head for the past six years.

She said: “I al­ways wanted to be a teacher, even since I was a child. I never wanted to do any­thing else.”

Mrs Smith trained to be a teacher at Christ Church Univer­sity, in Can­ter­bury, and taught at a sec­ondary school in Lon­don be­fore tak­ing the job at the sec­ondary school in Ash­ford.

“There were times when I thought maybe I should move on, but this school re­ally grabbed me,” Mrs Smith said.

“The best thing about be­ing a teacher is work­ing with stu­dents – each stu­dent is dif­fer­ent and they all have very dif­fer­ent needs. You never know what each day will bring.

Mr Piner has been work­ing at The North for the past 38 years, af­ter join­ing in 1975.

His first role was as a ge­og­ra­phy teacher, be­fore be­com­ing head of depart­ment, head of fac­ulty and now deputy head.

On be­com­ing a teacher, Mr Piner said: “I loved the sub­ject ge­og­ra­phy. I had great teach­ers at school and I wanted to pass my knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm on.”

The Ken­ning­ton res­i­dent moved to Ash­ford from Wat­ford when his wife, Jeanette, got a job at the Girls’ North School and he got a job at the Boys’ North School. The schools later merged in 1991 to form The North School.

The dad-of-two added: “I will miss my fel­low com­rades and of course the stu­dents. I plan to do a lot of walk­ing, cycling and visit the places that I’ve taught about for so long rather than see­ing.”

Mrs Smith, from Can­ter­bury, plans to spend time on the golf course af­ter she re­tires, as well as trav­el­ling and spend­ing time with fam­ily.

The two teach­ers were treated to a sur­prise party to cel­e­brate their re­tire­ment.

Both Mr Pi ner and Mrs Smith wished to thank all of their past and present stu­dents and all of the peo­ple and fam­i­lies that they have worked with.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2691034

Deputy head teach­ers Red­mond Piner and Adri­enne Smith are re­tir­ing from The North School

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