Top teacher leaves school 'family' after 40 years

Proud record – Colin Twigg

Proud record – Colin Twigg

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A TEACHER is retiring after 40 years teaching in south Essex.

Colin Twigg, 62, has taught at the King John School, in Thundersley, Fryerns Comprehensive, Basildon, the FitzWimarc School, Rayleigh, and Greensward Academy, Hockley, as well as the Alec Hunter Academy, in Braintree.

He will step down from his role as assistant vice-principal at Greensward, where he has worked for eight years, this summer.

Mr Twigg, from Hadleigh, said: “I have mixed feelings about retiring.

Having taught for 40 years, my colleagues and students are more of an extended family.

“I hope to stay in touch with excolleagues, as I do with those I worked with for 18 years at Fryerns, and if possible be available for cover teaching and supporting trainee teachers.

“I am fortunate to be healthy, as is my wife, who also retires this summer after 38 years teaching in Essex schools.

“We can now enjoy ourselves and focus more on our family, travel and keep healthy by joining the ramblers.”

Mr Twigg, who is responsible for newly-qualified teachers at Greensward, has much to be proud of.

He helped Fryerns School achieve its best-ever results as a comprehensive and bring it out of special measures.

Essex County Council closed the school in 1999 due to falling pupil numbers.

He helped the other schools achieve outstanding exam results, culminating in Greensward achieving the highest results in its history two years ago.

Mr Twigg said: “Being appointed as assistant vice-principal at Greensward in recognition of my management and personal skills will also stay in my memory.

“But the proudest moments of all are seeing the faces of students on examination results days when all their efforts are rewarded.

Greensward is a learning community which cares about individuals and their needs.

“I will miss the smiles and sharing the successes, especially when newly-qualified teachers achieve hugely-deserved promotions.

“I will miss teaching alongside such talented teachers and teaching assistants.”

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11:41am Thu 24 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Will he be branching out to a splinter group ?
Will he be branching out to a splinter group ? sesibollox
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6:15pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Democrat says...

sesibollox wrote:
Will he be branching out to a splinter group ?
Well Mr **** this man has done more than anyone for the kids of this county and should be treated with the respect due, especially from numpties like you. Have you ever done anything positive in your life or was being nice not on the curriculum of Troll High?

Well done Colin. You are an inspiration to children, parents and to your colleagues. Unlike some on this page, you have made a difference and will be remembered by thousands as a person who made their lives better. I hope some of the children, parents and colleagues show their appreciation on these pages.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: Will he be branching out to a splinter group ?[/p][/quote]Well Mr **** this man has done more than anyone for the kids of this county and should be treated with the respect due, especially from numpties like you. Have you ever done anything positive in your life or was being nice not on the curriculum of Troll High? Well done Colin. You are an inspiration to children, parents and to your colleagues. Unlike some on this page, you have made a difference and will be remembered by thousands as a person who made their lives better. I hope some of the children, parents and colleagues show their appreciation on these pages. Democrat
  • Score: 10

8:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Alicraft says...

A great inspiring teacher (in the seventies) we loved our new Geography teacher at king john. A great guy to know in my youth and as a friend as we've both grown older . Wonderful family man I wish both Colin and Jane every happiness in their retirement , have fun guys Ali , Ian and lads
A great inspiring teacher (in the seventies) we loved our new Geography teacher at king john. A great guy to know in my youth and as a friend as we've both grown older . Wonderful family man I wish both Colin and Jane every happiness in their retirement , have fun guys Ali , Ian and lads Alicraft
  • Score: 7

7:13am Fri 25 Jul 14

Scottworland says...

An inspirational teacher and the nicest man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I'm so lucky to have been trained at Greensward by Colin. I wish him nothing than the best in the future, happy retirement Colin.
An inspirational teacher and the nicest man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I'm so lucky to have been trained at Greensward by Colin. I wish him nothing than the best in the future, happy retirement Colin. Scottworland
  • Score: 2

11:24am Fri 25 Jul 14

John Right says...

Most teachers retire at 65, I wonder why he's going early ??
Most teachers retire at 65, I wonder why he's going early ?? John Right
  • Score: -6

1:43pm Fri 25 Jul 14

steady_bloke says...

He taught Business studies at Fryerns in the late 80's. I have fond memories of Mr Twigg. Good luck to him from a very grateful ex-pupil.
He taught Business studies at Fryerns in the late 80's. I have fond memories of Mr Twigg. Good luck to him from a very grateful ex-pupil. steady_bloke
  • Score: 1

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