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Farewell Mr Radcliffe!

Inspirational teacher retires after 38 years’ service to community

The week beginning 16th October 2017, Grange paid tribute to one of its longest serving members of staff this week as he retired after 38 years at the school.  PE teacher Derek Radcliffe joined Grange back in 1979 and has given his life to the school and the young people it serves. 

During his time at Grange, Mr Radcliffe has taught generations of students and is a well-known and respected member of the community, having taught people who are now the parents and even grandparents of current students.  On top of his teaching commitments, Mr Radcliffe has undertaken a vast number of additional roles throughout his career, most recently as an Achievement Leader for the Sixth Form, where he has developed a successful and growing student leadership programme.  This includes a range of charity initiatives and regular support of the Lord Mayors Appeal. 

In 2013, Mr Radcliffe was nominated for the Telegraph & Argus Schools Award in the Secondary Teacher category, then in 2016 he was nominated for the Community Hearts Awards in the Inspirational Teacher Category. 

Mr Radcliffe said: “My life at Grange has been a journey I have been privileged to have been on.  As I embark on my next adventure, my best wishes go to all I have worked with and known over the many years here.”  He added some advice: “In the ever-changing world we live in, children will still be children and need our help and guidance.  Our belief in them is crucial, for it is this that gives them belief in themselves and the confidence to go out there and face the challenges that life will present.”

Miss Mander, Headteacher said: “Derek is a true Granger who is widely known and respected in our community.  His contribution to the school, the teaching profession and most importantly the thousands of young people he has taught, is phenomenal.  We all wish him the very best in his retirement.” 

Ruqaiya Kasim, Grange’s Head Girl said: “Mr Radcliffe’s commitment to the students at Grange is really inspirational. He has made so much possible for so many people through his career, myself included.  His passion, enthusiasm and sharp sense of humour will be missed by everyone who knows him.” 

Mr Radcliffe's retirement featured in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus on Thursday 19th October.  Read it in full here.