Successful head marks final days in charge

tis. St Aidan's School Headteacher Dennis Richards is to receive an OBE. 1906074a.
tis. St Aidan's School Headteacher Dennis Richards is to receive an OBE. 1906074a.
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DENNIS Richards, the headteacher of St Aidan’s School, has stepped down after 23 years in the role.

Mr Richards, who said he was proud of his achievements at the school, was due to be the subject of a special celebratory event at the Harrogate International Centre last night.

“It is not a secret that I am resisting strongly using the word ‘retirement’,” he said.

“I am stepping down from this particular post and taking up opportunities in the field which I enjoy most – ie teaching.

“I am aware that the country is going through a radical upheaval in relation to its attitudes to people working into their 60s. Some loathe the idea, others like myself still wish to make an active contribution.”

Mr Richards was appointed in January 1989, having previously had teaching experience in France, South Yorkshire, the Midlands and London.

During his tenure at St Aidan’s, the school has doubled in size and the site on Oatlands Drive has changed beyond all recognition.

“I take particular pride in the fact that the school is as heavily sought-after by parents whose children have a variety of special educational needs, as it is by those whose children are in the academic top flight,” he said.

l To read more about Mr Richards’s career at St Aidan’s, see next week’s Harrogate Advertiser.