Inspirational Clitheroe teacher retires

Mr David Edmondson, deputy head at Edisford School, Clitheroe, retires after 28 years there.

Mr David Edmondson, deputy head at Edisford School, Clitheroe, retires after 28 years there.

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After 28 loyal years at Edisford Primary School, Deputy Headteacher Mr David Edmondson has hung up his cap and gown in favour of a more leisurely life with his family.

During his time at the school he has maintained the highest levels of enthusiasm and commitment towards his work.

As well as his daily job of teaching Year 4, Mr Edmondson was in charge of developing the school grounds for educational and fun purposes.

In this role, his unwavering energy has seen the school consistently adding to its wide range of outdoor provision. This has included a purpose-built 800m trim trail, an outdoor stage, plus many pupil-designed “stations” on which to play and have fun.

Keeping pupils active and fit has been right at the top of his work. Well known in the Ribble Valley Primary sports circles, he has had a major input in running and supporting football and cross-country events throughout this period. Indeed his own passion for running is reflected in the fact that he has a record of every pupil who has run the school two-lap cross country course.

He was also an early pioneer of developing ICT provision in schools. He has overseen ongoing changes to the school’s ICT facilities and has operated the school website, which has been and still is a shining example for others to follow, providing a dynamic and informative view of school life.

Mr Edmondson alsoset up and managed the before and after school club, nursing it from its birth in 2010 right up to the present day, and played an integral part in securing two “Outstanding” Ofsted Inspection reports in 2005 and 2008. Often seen as a mentor to many, he will be missed by all the staff, who fully appreciate his supportive chats at the start of each day.

Headteacher Mr Pye commented that it had been a delight to work with David over the years, because he shared an aspirational vision for the school and could always be relied upon to support the many initiatives found within its walls and grounds.