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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Prudhoe: Maths teacher sums up 36-year career

A MATHS teacher has stepped down from his post after counting up 36 years at Prudhoe Community High School.

Peter Robertson

Peter Robertson (pictured left) is one of the longest-serving secondary school teachers in the district, having joined the school in September 1977.

He officially retires tomorrow, after teaching his last lesson before the school broke up for half-term last Friday.

Having already gained a degree in electrical engineering, Peter, (64) qualified as a mathematics teacher in 1972.

The father of two joined Prudhoe County High School, as it was then known, in 1977, taking on the position of deputy head of mathematics. He became head of the department in 1983.

Since then he has overseen many changes to the education system, including the demise of O-levels and the introduction of GCSEs.

An active member of the Mathematics Association, and a keen champion for involvement in the National Mathematics Challenges, he was one of the foremost contributors to the development of calculators in schools shortly after their invention.

In 2004, Peter stepped down as department head, but continued to teach in a part-time capacity.

Now, after 42 years in the profession, he says he will divide his retirement between spending time with his family and enjoying a few rounds of golf.

He said: “It’s been a tremendous honour to teach at Prudhoe Community High School.”

Peter was also the commanding officer of the 1248 (Prudhoe) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC) for more than 12 years and in 1991 was presented with the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Loyal and Meritorious Service.