After nearly three decades of educating Wisbech youngsters, the bell has sounded for the last time in an assistant principal’s career.
Jonathan Holmes retired from Thomas Clarkson Academy yesterday after 27 years of dedicated service.
Mr Holmes said: “Teaching here has always been rewarding and challenging, but it has been a joy since 2006.
“There has been so much development and the school has totally turned around.”
Sports teacher Mr Holmes has been a member of the senior leadership team since 1992 and has worked under seven different heads.
He said: “When I look back on my career here, I realise the secret to my own individual success has been able to adapt to the different roles that were required.
“There have been some very difficult years for the school over the years, with pressures of inspections.
“But my commitment has always been to teach and to support our students.
“Sport has always been hugely important to me since I was a schoolboy myself and over the years we have seen some of our young people reach a very high standard of sport.
“What I have enjoyed most is to see our pupils leave here prepared to find their place in the world.”
Mr Holmes said he will miss his colleagues, pupils and especially the daily journeys to work with his long-time colleague and friend Gerwyn Williams.
The father of two intends to head to the golf course in his retirement and support his children in their sporting endeavours.
His son is a professional golfer, who is currently competing in the PGA Europro Tour, and his daughter rows for Birmingham University.
Principal Clare Claxton has paid tribute to Mr Holmes
She said: “Jonathan has given a lifetime of service to Thomas Clarkson and its predecessor schools.
“Time and again he has shown unwavering commitment to the pupils of Wisbech, where others have chosen an easier path.
“He is a great PE teacher, a superb role model to younger staff and many years of timetables would not have been completed without Jonathan’s skills.
“We all wish him well and will miss his crazy sense of humour!”