In December we said goodbye to five members of staff: Mr Ian Cross (Guitar teacher), Maddie (Boarding Housemistress), Mr Kamintzis (Minibus Coordinator) and Luke, Ella and Phoebe (our Gap students). We would like to thank them all for their contribution to Edge Grove and we wish them all the best in their next endeavours!
Some of you may remember Mr Cross - he has been teaching at Edge Grove for over 20 years. He says he can remember there not being a Jubilee building! Teaching guitar, electric guitar and bass, he has been a dedicated teacher of Edge Grove pupils. Ian moves on to live further north and look after his family. We wish him well and thank him for his long service at Edge Grove.
We also had the pleasure of talking with Maddie about her time here at the school. Here is what she had to say about her 30 years of service...
When did you start at Edge Grove?
Thirty years ago I began my journey at Edge Grove. I was welcomed to the boys' school by the lovely Mr & Mrs Waterfield. As I began to work there I became very close with the Waterfields. They were very warm and welcoming and shaped my initial impression of Edge Grove as a lovely school.
What is your role at Edge Grove?
It has been a very varied role! When John Baugh and his wife Wendy joined the school after the Waterfields left, they filled the position exceptionally well. This was especially due to the fact that they introduced girls to the school. This also resulted in me becoming a part-time house mistress in the girls' boarding department, which made me feel even more involved in the community. In addition to this, Wendy had picked up on my creativity and encouraged me to take a floristry course. This became a huge part of my Edge Grove journey as, ever since then, I have enjoyed arranging flowers for different events throughout the year. When Mike Wilson and his wife Caroline joined the school replacing the Baughs, I experienced another career change as I was asked to work in the kitchen alongside a colleague as an evening chef. After taking a short break away from Edge Grove to look after my elderly mother, I was welcomed back to the school and back to the boarding house. At this time the school was looking for another new Headmaster and this was when Mr and Mrs Evans joined us. Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed their company and considered it a pleasure to work for them.
What has been the best thing about working at Edge Grove?
As well as spending the majority of my career here, Edge Grove has played a huge part in my personal life too. My daughter has worked here on and off for 25 years and all three of her children have been pupils of the school. Despite my first impression of the school already being a family orientated place, having my own family around meant that Edge Grove has a very special place in my heart. I've laughed with my colleagues and friends here, but I've also cried as I watched two of my children have their beautiful weddings here.
What are your fondest memories of the school?
As I look back, I do not think of Edge Grove as simply a workplace, but in fact as a big part of my life. I have learned new skills here, made amazing friends, and had plenty of brilliant experiences. Despite witnessing many changes, I can happily say that Edge Grove has always been so full of love and respect for others which is why I was so full of pride when we received an 'excellent' rating from the inspectors. As someone that is here every day, I can say it was very well deserved for such a wonderful school and although I will be leaving soon, I will hold the memories in my heart forever.