‘Mixed emotions’ for popular teacher Chris as he retires

PUBLISHED: 06:55 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:42 29 July 2017

Teacher Chris Greene retires from The King's School, Ottery St Mary, after 35 years. Inserted a picture of Mr Greene aged 23 when he started working in the design and technology department in 1982.

Teacher Chris Greene retires from The King's School, Ottery St Mary, after 35 years. Inserted a picture of Mr Greene aged 23 when he started working in the design and technology department in 1982.

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School is out forever for a popular Ottery teacher who has retired after more than three decades in the classroom.

Teacher Chris Greene retires from The King's School, Ottery St Mary, after 35 years.Teacher Chris Greene retires from The King's School, Ottery St Mary, after 35 years.

Chris Greene has taught design and technology at The King’s School for 35 years and has been described by former pupils as ‘wonderful’ and an ‘absolute legend’.

The 58-year-old is now setting his sights on completing a job list ‘as long as his arm’, as well as paragliding and other outdoor pursuits.

Mr Greene said: “It’s very strange. I have mixed emotions having been here so long - both as man and boy.

“The oldest person I taught is now 53. I have taught some of the staff - it’s nice to see many of them coming back. I will miss the kids - they are brilliant and they are an inspiration, and we have amazing staff.”

Chris Greene when he began working at The King's School 35 years ago.Chris Greene when he began working at The King's School 35 years ago.

The head of department was 23 when he took the post after completing his teaching degree in Manchester.

It was the first position he applied for, as his wife Catherine had secured a job at St Joseph’s Primary School in Exmouth, and he has remained there ever since. Mr Greene saw his own three children go through the school among the thousands of students he taught. He said The King’s School has continued to get better and better.

“Staff actually want their own kids to come here. It says a lot about the place,” said Mr Greene. “I think it’s important that many other things are valued on top of exams results. The children get a good deal and the relationships between staff and students are amazing. It [the school] just seems to get better. There hasn’t been one year where I thought things are not quite right. I do not know how the kids do it.”

Over the course of his career, the teacher has taught thousands of pupils and worked with six headteachers.


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