School’s fond farewell to deputy head after 32 years
- Credit: Archant
An 'extremely hard-working' deputy head who has spent more than three decades at a Norfolk school has marked his retirement.
John Mellor joined the Litcham School in 1986 as head of music, but moved into ICT before being appointed deputy headteacher in 1996 and acting headteacher in 2003.
Headteacher Rob Martlew said whatever Mr Mellor turned his hand to, he did with 'real professionalism, expertise and good humour'.
'The quality of the relationships that he has built with colleagues, pupils, parents, the community and the wide range of external people that we work with is something that I have admired since my arrival at the school,' he said.
'It has been a real privilege to have John as my deputy,' he said. 'I have been impressed by his loyalty and commitment to the school. He is extremely hard working, spending many hours on ensuring that he delivers his responsibilities. The educational world is always changing but throughout, John has been a real constant and he has made an invaluable contribution.'
You may also want to watch:
Current and former colleagues met earlier this month to mark his retirement, with teacher Linda Timblin drawing a picture of Mr Mellor as a farewell gift.
In his resignation letter, Mr Mellor said, having only expected to spend five or six years at the school, he'd 'never accounted for the Litcham factor'.
- 1 Neighbours' horror after two people found dead in 'peaceful close'
- 2 Reward of £20,000 offered after theft of performance car worth £150,000
- 3 Man, 41, charged with Pat Holland's murder as human remains found
- 4 Man arrested on suspicion of murder after woman dies in village
- 5 Brother and sister found dead in their home are named
- 6 When are GCSE and A-level results out and how fair will grades be?
- 7 Villagers in shock after woman dies in suspected murder
- 8 Woman who bit an officer among eight people arrested in town
- 9 Norwich pub to temporarily close this summer because of 'pingdemic'
- 10 Twin Bakes sell out of treats during first pop-up sale
'The school would not have achieved what it has without John's contribution and I couldn't have wished for a better colleague,' Mr Martlew added.