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FAREWELLS to some staff who are leaving.

Inevitably at the end of every school year we say goodbye to some much-loved staff, and this year is no exception.

Garry Atterton and Eva Lowenberg are both retiring this summer.
Mr Atterton has been at the school for an incredible 36 years, and has held various posts in the past including Head of Geography and Head of Humanities so has inspired generations of Geographers . As well as playing a leading role in school, he has also contributed support to many other schools in the area over many years – and for many students they will also remember him as a member of the senior choir and a remarkably agile goalkeeper in staff football events. Mrs Lowenberg has been the mainstay of our Psychology teaching since joining the school in 2001, and has also taught Sociology and Humanities, and been a valuable member of the Sixth Form tutor team. We wish them both well in their retirement.

Rachel Beddoes and Simon Homer have both been stalwarts in our Maths faculty for many years, and both have been the driving force behind so many students’ success in lessons and in extra-curricular events. Mr Homer will be relocating to Cornwall in the very near future, while Mrs Beddoes has been appointed to a prestigious national role, focused on encouraging more females to study Maths beyond GCSE – a recognition of the work she has done here promoting all aspects of STEM subjects.

Thank you from Mrs Beddoes, STEM Coordinator -
“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank parents for all the support they have afforded me in my role as STEM Co-ordinator at the Castle School. Thank you for allowing your sons and daughters to take part in the various events and trips we have organised as well as some of you even taking part in and running events yourselves! It has been much appreciated. I wish you and your families all the very best for the future.”

Tish Dodd, our 2nd in English, has also achieved a well-earned promotion, to be Head of English at Thomas Paine School in Stroud. Over the last 10 years she has been an important part of our English team, in recent years particularly leading the staff in developing the new GCSE courses, and her promotion is also well-deserved.

Anthony Degenkolb, Head of Computing & ICT, is also moving to lead the subject in a school in Tewkesbury, having done so much to develop a subject which has changed considerably in his time here. Mr Degenkolb has been commuting to Castle from his home in Birmingham for over 10 years, so his family should now see a lot more of him with a post so much closer to home.

We are also saying farewell to Charlotte Prowle, who has contributed in many areas in recent years. As well as being an excellent teacher of Biology and Science, she has been an LSP and this year has been an outstanding temporary Assistant Headteacher, so much so that she’s obtained a permanent Assistant Headteacher post at Downend School.

Lyndsay Amos has also done excellent work in many different areas, but particularly in English and in Learning Support, and she has also won a promotion to a Head of Year post in a school in Derbyshire.

Jen Norris (Science) and Marine Vanco (French) have both made great contributions for the last 2 years, but are both relocating due to their partners’ work – to California and Dorset respectively. Katie Bradbury (Drama) has been with us in various temporary roles over recent years, but has secured an exciting new job promoting Arts and Culture within a charity in Wiltshire, while Gemma Freeman (Sociology) joined us in a temporary, part-time role in November, and has secured a full-time role at Downend School.

Within our team of Learning Support Assistants, Mike Lambert is retiring after 17 years with us, while Alex Dent and Liz Sanderson are moving on to study for further qualifications.

To all of these, we thank them for all they have done to support students here, and wish them well for their futures.