Farewell to ‘sir’

John McGee who has been head of Whitcliffe Mount School, Cleckheaton since 2006 is retiring this summer
John McGee who has been head of Whitcliffe Mount School, Cleckheaton since 2006 is retiring this summer
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A popular Spen headteacher will be hanging up his mortarboard this summer, as he retires after 36 years of teaching.

John McGee will retire from his post as the headteacher of Whitcliffe Mount this summer but leaves with fond memories of the school where he spent nearly 20 years of his teaching career.

Originally from Holme Wood in Bradford, Mr McGee began his career teaching English at Rhodesway in 1977. After spells at Hanson School in Bradford and Greenhead in Keighley, he arrived at Whitcliffe Mount in 1995, before becoming the school’s head in 2006.

He has overseen the school’s transformation last year when it took on extra pupils following the area’s adoption of the two-tier school system, but believes the most positive changes have come in the exam hall.

He said: “I will leave with many fond memories, but the most positive change since I started, I believe, is in how much we have improved as a school in terms of exam results over the years.

“I will miss it here, but I think the time is right to call it a day.

“I have always enjoyed my job and feel privileged to have worked here, but I would like to use my time to pursue other interests, such as travelling.”