Deputy headteacher retires after 36 years
Mon, 17 Aug 2020

Deputy headteacher Bob Wardman has taken early retirement from a 36-year career entirely dedicated to the Withernsea High School community. 

Born and raised in Bradford, he completed a Theology degree at Manchester University and a PGCE at the University of Hull.

After applying for a number of jobs around the country, Bob broke into teaching by securing a job as an RE teacher at Withernsea High School.

He said: "Nationally, it was a really competitive field and I applied for numerous jobs which I narrowly lost out on. The job at Withernsea came out of the blue and despite living and studying in Hull for a year, I'd never even heard of the town before."

He held roles including second in charge of PSE, head of year, head of key stage and director of studies in Key Stage 3. In September 2000, he joined the management team as an assistant headteacher before securing the role of deputy headteacher in 2005.

Bob said: "I love the school and the local area and I'm proud to have lived in the catchment all through my professional career. 99.9 percent of interactions with the community in that time have been positive and one of the greatest things for me has been the professional relationships forged in school that, over time, have evolved in to friendships in later life."

Reflecting on some of his favourite memories at the school, he picked out running numerous football, cricket and rugby teams over the years as particular highlights, as well as the open day reunion for the school's 60th anniversary.

Bob added: "Teaching and building successful relationships with staff and students are the things I will definitely miss. I still enjoy teaching and creating a rapport in the classroom, with an ethos of enjoyment for all students."

While Bob aims to have a well-deserved break in the short term, he hasn't ruled out a return to work in education in some capacity in the future. He is also looking forward to devoting more time to his passion of rugby.

As the current coach and fixtures secretary, his 35-year association with Withernsea Rugby Club is on track to eclipse the length of his continuous teaching career.


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