A HEADTEACHER has bid farewell to his secondary school and retired after nine years in charge.
Phil Munday, the executive principal at The Henry Cort Community College in Fareham, left his role at the end of term, marking the end of a 42-year teaching career.
Mr Munday joined the school, in Hillson Drive in 2006.
Prior to Henry Cort, Mr Munday was headteacher at Crestwood College for Business and Enterprise in Eastleigh for nine years.
He started his career in 1973 as a science and maths teacher at Teignmouth Secondary Modern, before teaching at The Hayling School in 1975, then Great Salterns Secondary School in Portsmouth from 1980 until 1984.
He had a brief spell at St Luke’s CofE VA Secondary School in 1985, before becoming head of science at Bohunt School, in Liphook, and then deputy headteacher at Toynbee School in Chandler’s Ford.
Mr Munday, from Havant, said some of his highlights include introducing vertical tutoring groups of mixed ages, the friendships and team spirit among the staff and the pupils’ motivation.
The 64-year-old hopes to continue to support other schools in the area and is interested in becoming a borough councillor.
He is looking forward to playing more badminton and golf when he returns from a well-earned holiday in Spain.
Above all, he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, including his four children and three grandchildren.
He said: ‘I’d like to thank my wife Penny for her support and for putting up with me being obsessed by school.
‘I’d also like to mention my children, of whom I am extremely proud.’
John Robinson, chairman of the school’s board of governors, praised Mr Munday’s leadership. He said: ‘The board is extremely grateful for everything Mr Munday has contributed to significantly raise the profile of the school over the past nine years and we wish him all the best and a happy retirement.’
Mr Munday will be replaced by Claudia Cubbage from Warblington School in Havant.