Crawley deputy headteacher bids farewell

JPCO-9-4-14 Deputy Head Peter Sumner is leaving Holy Trinity (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140704-110701001

JPCO-9-4-14 Deputy Head Peter Sumner is leaving Holy Trinity (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140704-110701001

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A deputy headteacher and megaphone wielding ‘legend’ is retiring after 24 years.

When Peter Sumner, 61, joined Holy Trinity School in 1990 there was no internet, no mobile phones, no Ofsted reports and around 500 fewer pupils than there are now.

But it was the fast paced changes at the school which kept him interested for more than two decades.

He said: “It seems a very long time ago now.

“I didn’t think I would stay this long. It just happened that way because I’ve really enjoyed my job!”

There were 860 pupils at the school when he began; now there are 1,300.

Mr Sumner said he felt it was appropriate to retire after a ‘good round’ 40 years working in education.

He has taught maths and computing but his passion is music.

He has been heavily involved in organising concerts for the school’s orchestra and said he would particularly miss this aspect of his job.

He said: “The concerts and musical performances will stick in my mind as being great moments of life at the school.”

Mr Sumner will be replaced by Robert Bradley, who is currently an assistant headteacher in London.

Mr Sumner said: “There are so many lovely staff and pupils and parents I’ve got to know in my time.

“I’ve made a lot of friends and I shall miss them a lot.”

As deputy chief fire marshall Mr Sumner has been well known for giving out instructions via a megaphone at fire evacuations and drills.

Student Vicky Retter posted on Twitter: “Sad to hear that the legend Mr Sumner is hanging up his megaphone. An inspiration, maths mastermind, and timetable genius.”

Headteacher Paul Kennedy said it was “very difficult to summarise twenty-four years worth of commitment to a single school”.

He added: “He brings complete reliability and an attention to detail that is astonishing.

“He is always calm and truly puts the needs of our young people at the forefront of everything he does.

“His subtle wit has often lightened a difficult meeting and lastly, and personally, he is one of the kindest and most gentle people I have met. We will all miss him greatly.”

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