School head retires after 32 years

PUBLISHED: 15:20 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5: Barry Sindall, the long-serving head of Colyton Grammar School, will retire this summer after 32 years of association with the prestigious school. Mr Sindall, who has been head teacher for the last 18 years, said he would be sad to leave but was looking

Barry Sindall, the long-serving head of Colyton Grammar School, will retire this summer after 32 years of association with the prestigious school.Mr Sindall, who has been head teacher for the last 18 years, said he would be sad to leave - but was looking forward to finally being able to watch a three-day cricket match.And wife Maggie, a teacher at the school, will be retiring at the same time.He said: "It will be sad to go. It will be a huge wrench. You can't be with the school that long, with that intensity of involvement - eating, drinking and sleeping it - without missing it."I've tremendously enjoyed my time here and I suppose the consequence of that is being sorry to go. "It's a lovely community to work in. Over the years we've managed year by year to achieve improvements in each aspect with many people working together. "I look back on that with a huge amount of satisfaction. "It's a succession of things - not just examinations, but the quality of school life and its facilities we offer."Mr Sindall said he would retire at the end of the summer holidays after the examinations results. He expressed confidence in Paul Evans, the current deputy, who will take over."I know he will use the knowledge he has of the school's strength and needs."He said he felt privileged to have worked at the school and would miss the students.He said: "My wife is also retiring and we will have more time together, and with our grandson. Also, we both love cricket but haven't been able to watch a three-day game over the years. Soon we will be able to.

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