Teachers retire after 30-year careers

Sir John Thursby Community College
Sir John Thursby Community College

A Burnley school has bid farewell to two senior members of staff who have retired after decades of service to the teaching profession.

Sir John Thursby assistant headteacher Miss Helen Campbell, who has given 33 years of unbroken service at the school, formerly Walshaw High School, has helped to shape the lives of two generations of pupils.

I have seen the college go from strength to strength and will miss the staff, parents and especially the students

Miss Helen Campbell

Deputy headteacher Dr Derek Davies has also retired from his post after 12 years and a teaching career spanning 30 years.

English teacher Miss Campbell, who lives in Burnley and started teaching in 1983, said: “I have enjoyed my time as a teacher in Burnley. I have seen the college go from strength to strength and will miss the staff, parents and especially the students.”

Miss Campbell will continue to chair Burnley and Pendle Children and Young People’s Trust Board and sit on Burnley Football Club Community Trust Board.

Dr Davies started his teaching career in Burnley at the former Ivy Bank High School in 1986.

As a science teacher he has taught hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to careers in the sciences.

He said: “I have received a great deal of satisfaction from seeing so many students go on to become successful adults and scientists. I will be continuing with my science class for the rest of the academic year and I wish the college every continuing success in the future.”

Sir John Thursby has already appointed Mr Howarth and Mr Stanley, who are experienced senior leaders, to join the senior leadership team and deputy headteacher Mrs Rachael Lucas has returned from maternity leave.