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Head of secondary school in Dagenham will retire after 40 years of teaching

PUBLISHED: 06:30 21 July 2017

Peter McPartland OBE will retire from a teaching career which has spanned four decades. Picture: LBBD

Peter McPartland OBE will retire from a teaching career which has spanned four decades. Picture: LBBD

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A distinguished head at a secondary school in Dagenham is to retire after more than 40 years of teaching.

Peter McPartland OBE will step down from his role at Trinity School next month bringing to an end a successful career in the education field.

Education watchdog Ofsted has rated the school in Heathway ‘outstanding’ three times since Peter took it over in 2007.

In 2015 Peter was recognised by the Queen who made him an OBE for his services to special educational needs.

The long-serving teacher was also well known for his strategic role to support inclusion practice in all schools across Barking and Dagenham.

He said: “I’m certainly going to miss the world of teaching and special educational needs – there really has been remarkable progress made in the past 30 years.

“I’m very proud to have been a teacher and I’ll miss working with all the staff, pupils and families that I’ve spent time with throughout my career.

“It’s been a pleasure to work in a local authority, with people who understand the importance of providing high quality education to people with special needs.”

Adding that he will still be maintaining a keen interest in schools in the borough, he added: “I’m not going to disappear completely though, I’ll continue to be a governor in some Barking and Dagenham schools.

“But I’ll also be enjoying my retirement, catching up on travelling, theatre and all that London has to offer.

“I’m looking forward to having more of a chance to watch my favourite football team, Manchester United, too!”

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for educational attainment and school improvement, led the tributes to Mr McPartland.

She said: “Peter’s retirement brings to an end more than four decades of incredible commitment to education.

“Achieving three outstanding Ofsted results in a row is a phenomenal accomplishment, but only tells part of the story when it comes to Peter’s dedication to helping students from across the borough reach their potential.

“His hard work and experience will certainly be missed, and I wish him all the best for his retirement.”


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