Deputy head leaves The Bishop's Stortford High School after 37 years' service
The Bishop's Stortford High School's deputy head Paul Noble has retired after 37 years at the London Road secondary.
Head Dale Reeve paid tribute to his sterling service: "He has dedicated so much of his professional life to TBSHS and, having spent 29 years as a deputy head, has played such a pivotal role in the development and the success of our school. He has led on so many major initiatives throughout that time that have really helped drive the school forward and ensure it has remained at the cutting edge of education, whilst also playing an important role in the local community.
"His motto has always been 'School comes first' and his selfless dedication to TBSHS and our students has been unwavering. I'd like to give my personal thanks for all he has done for our School and wish him a happy and restful retirement."
Mr Noble joined the high as a geography master two years into his teaching career. He rose through the ranks to become a head of year in 1988 and was appointed as deputy in 1990 by the then head Ian Shaw.
From September 2012 to December 2013, he was acting headmaster following the departure of Andrew Goulding until Mr Reeve was appointed.
While at the school, his responsibilities have included careers, school badminton, communications administrator, press officer and coordinator of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.
Mr Noble, a married father of two, plans to brush up his culinary skills and enjoy walking tours of the South West and East Anglian coast during his retirement.
He said: "I would like to thank the whole community of TBSHS for all the great opportunities and experiences I have had over the years. I have cherished every moment. All the staff work exceptionally hard and are fully committed to providing a truly all-round education, including outstanding support, for every student in all aspects of school life.
"Throughout my time at the school, I have relished every opportunity to share my passion and touch the goodwill of students and staff to involve others in building the greatness of TBSHS today. The greatest strength of the school is the strong community: we are fortunate in the calibre and generosity of spirit of our teachers, support staff and students.
"I wish the school all the very best in the future – I'm sure the legacy of the unique Black and Gold ethos will transcend the test of time."