Fond farewell to deputy head who filled North Denes corridors with music

Retiring North Denes Primary School deputy headteacher Robert Shipton with pupils at an assembly in

Retiring North Denes Primary School deputy headteacher Robert Shipton with pupils at an assembly in his honour. Picture: Sharon Johnson - Credit: Sharon Johnson

A deputy headteacher has been given a fond farewell by his pupils and colleagues, as he moves on to retirement.

Rob Shipton had been deputy head at North Denes Primary School since December 2011, but after illness has decided to take retirement.

He was given a musical farewell, filling the hall with song for one last time in a special assembly.

Mr Shipton, 63, who taught year three and year five pupils in his time at the school, is also a keen musician, and enjoyed playing guitar and piano for pupils in the assembly.

Sharon Johnson, care and support advisor at the school, said: 'All the staff will remember the music. He would always play the piano in the hall at the end of the day after the children had left. His musical ability and sense of humour will be missed by many at the school.'


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Mrs Johnson added that the farewell assembly was an emotional affair, with some pupils moved to tears.

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