Grammar school teaching ‘legends’ bow out

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Speak to past pupils of Boston Grammar School’s longest-serving teachers and you will likely hear the words ‘inspirational’ and ‘legends’.

And with their teaching spanning five decades, Richard Anderson and Nigel Wainwright have undoubtedly inspired several generations of boys in their future careers.

Last week, both taught their last lessons at the school - and now look forward to well-earned retirements.

Modern languages teacher Mr Anderson, 66, is described as the school’s ‘Mr Chips’ – being a popular presence at there since joining in 1971.

His union said he was the longest serving teacher at one school.

In that time he set up many extra-curricular activities, from the Charity Club – which raised thousands – to the popular Schuhplattler dance group and the school newspaper, all having a big impact on school life.

“I will miss it a lot as it’s been my life, but I’ve given 100 per cent during my time here and I’m determined to get off the conveyor belt now,” said Mr Anderson. “We’ve had 88 trips abroad, and I’ve given around 43,000 lessons so I’m just due for a little bit of me time.”

He added: “I’ve got a bucket list of things I want to do, not bungee jumping or anything like that, but it would be great to spend more time in Germany and Austria - and of course, ‘Geordieland’, where I’m originally from.”

Director of PE Nigel Wainwright, 61, has inspired many pupils to stay active and go onto sporting success, since starting at the school in 1977.

He is now looking forward to spending retirement on the golf course, and travelling abroad to watch some of the world’s best sporting events.

”I take away many happy memories and it’s been a privilege to teach here,” he said. “I think what should always be at the top of the list are your pupils. We’ve had, and we do have, some great ones and they are the ones who will be the most missed. They have kept us young at heart.”

In their time, the pair taught people like John Cridland, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) pro footballer Danny Butterfield, and Bill Dunham, the deputy commandant general of the Royal Marines.

With the after school clubs, extra-curricular activities and sporting events set up by the pair, both leave a strong legacy for future generations at the school.