Cotswold School teachers honoured to receive long-service awards

Cotswold School teachers honoured to receive long-service awards

From left: Jan Paish, Helen Kempson and Derek Thomas who were given long service awards. Photo by Freya Leng

From left: Jan Paish, Helen Kempson and Derek Thomas who were given long service awards. Photo by Freya Leng

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THREE teachers at a Bourton school who have nearly a century of teaching experience between them have been honoured with long service awards.

Teacher at Cotswold School Derek Thomas, who has taught for 38 years in the county, started at Chipping Campden School in 1976 before moving to Bourton Vale Secondary Modern in 1980 then the Cotswold School in 1988.

The PE and maths teacher said: "I've seen lots of changes ranging from the flared trousers and kipper ties through to the modern. I'm very proud."

Helen Kempson, from Moreton, is retiring in September after joining the school in 1975 as textiles tutor in the DT department.

"I've seen the school grow from a very tiny secondary modern to the enormous school it is now," she said. "I'm really sad and I shall miss the school hugely. It's been a big part of my life."

IT teacher Jan Paish, from Bourton, is retiring in August after joining the school in 1980 and said she was also proud to receive the award.

"My two boys have come through the school and there have been lots of changes. When we first started there was a few BBC computers."

Speaking at the awards ceremony on July 11, headteacher Will Morgan said the trio had been "integral" to the journey the school has been on.

"They have been key in building the culture, the success, the spirit and the ethos that make our school so special," he said.

"To all three of you I'd like to say a big thank you. All of you have had an influence on my career, from the staff, the pupils the governors and the community of the Cotswold School.

"We owe you a debt of gratitude."

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