Buxton Community School deputy head steps down after three decades

Retirement party for Buxton Community School Deputy Headteacher, Glenda Hunter.
Retirement party for Buxton Community School Deputy Headteacher, Glenda Hunter.

A long-standing teacher has retired after being “at the heart” of Buxton Community School for three decades.

Glenda Hunter has served as deputy headteacher at the College Road comprehensive since it was first formed back in 1990.

Retirement party for Buxton Community School Deputy Headteacher, Glenda Hunter.  Glenda is pictured front centre with colleagues past and present, family and friends

Retirement party for Buxton Community School Deputy Headteacher, Glenda Hunter. Glenda is pictured front centre with colleagues past and present, family and friends

She said: “Teaching has changed beyond recognition – from the days of blackboard and chalk.

“We now take video clips and technology for granted in making lessons so much more interesting.

“Teaching is a vocation that comes with the most amazing rewards and sense of deep satisfaction.

“It has been an absolute privilege to teach in this wonderful town for so many years and to have taught alongside so many special people.

Retirement party for Buxton Community School Deputy Headteacher, Glenda Hunter.

Retirement party for Buxton Community School Deputy Headteacher, Glenda Hunter.

“For several years I have had new students coming to me with smiling faces, saying ‘you used to teach my mum or dad’.

“I’m leaving now before anyone says ‘you used to teach my grandad’.”

Glenda’s first job was as a history teacher in Shirebrook, near Mansfield.

She was there at the time of the miners’ strike, when Arthur Scargill went against Margaret Thatcher in a bid to save the mining industry in this country.

She then moved to Buxton in 1986 as head of history at the girls’ school and remained working in Buxton schools for the remainder of her career.

Speaking of her departure headteacher Craig Yates said: “Mrs Hunter has been at the heart of so much that is good about Buxton Community School for well over 30 years.

“She has fundamentally made a difference to so many families in the town and improved the future lives of literally thousands of young people.

“I would like to wish her a very long and happy retirement on behalf of all the students, parents and families she has worked so hard for over her time with the school.

“On a personal note, I really will miss working with my colleague and friend who has been a source of constant support since I joined the school.”