The Spring Term ended with communion services and rewards assemblies followed by presentations for staff who were leaving.
Governor, Rev Graham Hollowood of St Mark with Christ Church, Glodwick, led the worship at both services in the school hall with music provided by our Communion Orchestra and Choir. Meanwhile Mr Dunkley, the Heads of House, and Assistant Heads of House, celebrated the pupils’ achievements in the Sports Hall with masses of Easter Eggs!
Between services Mr Newell made leaving presentations to Mr Connor (Maths Curriculum Leader), Mr James (Maths Teacher), Miss Shad (Humanities Teacher) and Mr Flint (Teaching Assistant). We also said a temporary farewell to Miss Galloway (Science teacher) as she starts her maternity leave.
After school there was a more formal presentation to two members of staff who are retiring after many years of service at Crompton House.
Judith Hurst is retiring after 39 years as a cleaner at Crompton House. She was, in the words of ex-Head Cleaner Mrs Celia Boswell, the best cleaner she has known! Judith’s time at Crompton House started in 1953 when she joined Crompton House as a pupil for 4 years and after becoming a cleaner in 1977, she has been at the school with 9 of the 11 Crompton House Headteachers since the school opened in 1926. Judith will still have a link with the school as she has a grand-daughter in Year 8.
Helen Berry is retiring after joining the school as Business Manager in 2003. Since then she has managed the school’s accounts and led a number of building projects including the Sports Hall, Selwyn and Hall Extensions, and the Art Atrium. Her biggest task was over-seeing the building of the new “Leon Ashton 3G Pitch,” a project which started when the BSF rebuild was cancelled by the government in 2010. At the last meeting of the Pitch Management Committee Helen was presented with a framed memento of the opening of the pitch by Paul Scholes. Helen has also been instrumental in making successful bids for over £2 million for new lighting, heating, roofing and windows. In her leaving speech she spoke warmly of the colleagues she had worked with including the late Bill Grundy. She also said how much her children, Simon and Sarah had benefited from a Crompton House education.
Both Judith and Helen have put so much into the school and we wish them all the very best in the next stage of their lives.