Calne teacher says goodbye after 37 years

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Andy Maiden, who is retiring after 37 years, with pupils at John Bentley School, Calne Andy Maiden, who is retiring after 37 years, with pupils at John Bentley School, Calne

Teacher Andy Maiden has retired after 37 years at The John Bentley School, Calne, a post in which he has seen two generations of pupils pass through his classroom.

Mr Maiden has built his life around the school, meeting his wife Alice there and choosing the school to educate their children Emily and Will.

He arrived in 1977 from Burnley, Lancashire, after studying at college in Cheltenham and initially planned to stay for only a few years as an assistant history teacher.

At the time The John Bentley School was very different, with two different north and south wings.

Mr Maiden has lived through much of the school’s recent history.

He said: “I came down from the north of England never having heard of Calne and not knowing the area I arrived half an hour late so I didn’t expect to get the job at all.

“When I first came here the Harris factory was slap bang in the middle of the town so there was a different feel to it.

“In my time the school has changed a great deal.”

Mr Maiden met his wife, Alice, who is still a teaching assistant at the school, and after bonding over a shared love of cycling they married in 1983.

In the 1980s he ran a cycling club at the school, taking students on cycling trips in the local area, as well further afield to the New Forest and Normandy.

He has already started tracing his family history and in his retirement he plans to continue this by locating ancestors as far back as the 18th century.

Mr Maiden said: “I’m feeling a mixture of feelings because it’s a long time to be in one place so it will be very different.

“I will be quite sad on the day but I’m looking forward to trying something different.

“It’s been a pleasure to work at the place. It is such an amazing community at The John Bentley School and it’s been a privilege to work with such a good bunch of people.

“I’m fascinated by history. It’s been my passion throughout my life and it’s just great to pass that on to youngsters. I would just like to say thank you for my time. It’s been good and I will miss it.”

Laurence Rogers, curriculum leader for humanities, said: “Andy’s career reminds us of a Calne which no longer exists, fitting for a teacher of history, but also of a commitment to the future, through his work with thousands of young people.

“He will be much missed by current students, their parents and his colleagues. He takes with him the best wishes of everyone.”

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9:18am Fri 27 Dec 13

yoR says...

Elsewhere it takes 7 years to progress through secondary school, but in Calne only two generations can make it in 37 years taking on average 18.5 years each.
Elsewhere it takes 7 years to progress through secondary school, but in Calne only two generations can make it in 37 years taking on average 18.5 years each. yoR

10:27am Fri 27 Dec 13

Some1fromCalne says...

As a generation is 20 yrs it would be impossible to have more.every school around the world has seen just 2 generations pass through their doors in this time.
As a generation is 20 yrs it would be impossible to have more.every school around the world has seen just 2 generations pass through their doors in this time. Some1fromCalne

8:34pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Mouse007 says...

Some1fromCalne wrote:
As a generation is 20 yrs it would be impossible to have more.every school around the world has seen just 2 generations pass through their doors in this time.
That's only one definition of "a generation", in the context here a generation is a group of people of similar age involved in a particular activity. Hence a new generation of pupils starts every 7 years, not 20. Except of course in Calne where things progress much more slowly.
[quote][p][bold]Some1fromCalne[/bold] wrote: As a generation is 20 yrs it would be impossible to have more.every school around the world has seen just 2 generations pass through their doors in this time.[/p][/quote]That's only one definition of "a generation", in the context here a generation is a group of people of similar age involved in a particular activity. Hence a new generation of pupils starts every 7 years, not 20. Except of course in Calne where things progress much more slowly. Mouse007

1:04pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Some1fromCalne says...

Mouse007 wrote:
Some1fromCalne wrote:
As a generation is 20 yrs it would be impossible to have more.every school around the world has seen just 2 generations pass through their doors in this time.
That's only one definition of "a generation", in the context here a generation is a group of people of similar age involved in a particular activity. Hence a new generation of pupils starts every 7 years, not 20. Except of course in Calne where things progress much more slowly.
If a new generation starts every 7 yrs then 5.28 Something generations would of been through the school in this time. I can't read anything in the text that backs your definition of "generation" mouse007
[quote][p][bold]Mouse007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Some1fromCalne[/bold] wrote: As a generation is 20 yrs it would be impossible to have more.every school around the world has seen just 2 generations pass through their doors in this time.[/p][/quote]That's only one definition of "a generation", in the context here a generation is a group of people of similar age involved in a particular activity. Hence a new generation of pupils starts every 7 years, not 20. Except of course in Calne where things progress much more slowly.[/p][/quote]If a new generation starts every 7 yrs then 5.28 Something generations would of been through the school in this time. I can't read anything in the text that backs your definition of "generation" mouse007 Some1fromCalne

9:25pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Paul Tucker says...

If this chap has taught the parents and children of the same family, then he has taught two generations. Difficult concept to understand for some I guess.
If this chap has taught the parents and children of the same family, then he has taught two generations. Difficult concept to understand for some I guess. Paul Tucker

10:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

delica123 says...

i went to john bentley from 1976 to 1981, i remember him very well, an excellent teacher right from the start, now i have four grandchildren, so in couple of years time he might have made it to 3 generations before retirng.
i went to john bentley from 1976 to 1981, i remember him very well, an excellent teacher right from the start, now i have four grandchildren, so in couple of years time he might have made it to 3 generations before retirng. delica123

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