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Seven Retire From QE

Date Posted: 26/06/2012 | Posted In: Latest news

At the end of the summer term on Friday July 6, seven members of staff will retire from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington. All have made a terrific contribution to the College and students and colleagues will miss them greatly.

Two Heads of Department will retire after a total service of 56 years at QE: Paul Edwards, Head of Maths leaves after working at the College for 31 years and Sue Massey, Head of Earth Sciences leaves after 25 years. Cleaning Assistant, Sandra Archer has enjoyed 27 years at QE, Head of Archaeology, Gill Laws has notched up 13 years and Assistant Principal Jackie Heaton has worked in a number of roles for 12 years, latterly being responsible for staff development and resources. Sue Morrell, teacher of Health & Social Care leaves after 5 years but has taught for 39 years in total and Maxine Patterson retires after teaching 38 years, the last 4 of which have been at QE.

It’s unusual to have so many retiring at the same time and staff will come together on the last day of term to celebrate with them and wish them well.

Principal, Tim Fisher comments:
‘To say goodbye to so many valued colleagues is sad but I wish them all a fulfilling and happy retirement. Each has made a unique and inestimable contribution to the success of the College and they have touched the lives of so many young people. I know they are all looking forward to spending more time with their families and having time to pursue their own interests, but I am sure they will keep in touch. On behalf of myself, the governors, staff and students I would like to thank each of them for their hard work, commitment and professionalism and for the difference they have made.’