Grammar school head standing down after a decade at the helm

Date: Thursday 5th July 2007

APPLEBY Grammar School headteacher Terry Hobson is handing over the reins of the school as he retires after a decade in the post.

APPLEBY Grammar School headteacher Terry Hobson is handing over the reins of the school as he retires after a decade in the post.

Having taught Appleby students for 33 years, Mr. Hobson steps down as head at the end of term, leaving new head Andrew Lund to take over in September.

Mr. Lund, aged 43, has taught at several schools, both rural and urban, and this will be his firstheadship. A father of two, he lives near Kirkby Lonsdale with his wife, Gail, who is a teacher at Giggleswick Primary School, near Settle.

Originally from York Mr. Lund grew up in Nottingham and is an avid supporter of Nottingham Forest football team. He gained a history degree at Hull University beforemoving on to Leeds University to complete a PGCE.

His first job was as a teacher of history and humanities at a secondary school in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. He moved to Leeds a year later as a history teacher, later progressing to head ofhistory.

His next post was at York in 1992 as head ofhumanities before hetransferred to Garstang School, Lancashire, as deputy head in 1999. Mr. Lund said the Garstang school had a similar style to Appleby Grammar School and faced similar issues, so the experience would come in useful in his new role.

While at Garstang Mr. Lund undertook thenational professionalqualification for headship. From there he went on to a larger school at Saltaire, Bradford, in 2005 where he was deputy headteacher to 1,400 pupils.

Mr. Lund said the Appleby school already had a lot of strengths but his key aims were to extend its international links and its partnership work in the local community; develop a commitment to continuous improvement; and continue to build a reputation for innovation anddevelopment.

Thanking Mr. Hobson for his help in the take-over, Mr. Lund said: “We have worked very closely and I’ve appreciated thesupport and guidance he has given me. I’d like to thank him for all the work he has done in the school and also the localcommunity. I wish him well for the future.”

Mr. Hobson becameheadteacher at thegrammar school in 1997following the retirement of Ian Holloway. He has held a range of posts in the school after being appointed head of biology in 1974.

Originally from Ferryhill, County Durham, Mr. Hobson, aged 57, moved to London in 1968 where he completed a zoology degree specialising in physiology. He then went to Nottingham University and gained a distinction in his postgraduate certificate in education.

As a biology teacher he had his first post at acomprehensive school in Nottingham for two years before he moved to Appleby. At Appleby Grammar School he rose through the ranks from head of biology to head of sixth form, director ofstudies and then deputy head in 1995 under Mr. Holloway.

Looking back over the past 10 years, Mr. Hobson said the highlights had been moving the schoolforward and modernising facilities. To his satisfaction the school had developed partnerships with Appleby Heritage Centre, where a range of vocational courses had been linked to thecurriculum, a “grow your own workforce” program with United Utilities and a new engineering program with WA Developments.

Appleby Grammar School became part of a rural academy in 2003-04 along with nine other schools and, under Mr. Hobson’s leadership, was awarded technology college status. Another major development for both the school and community was theopening of the sports hall in the school grounds in August, 2006.

“When I took over the school there were about 460 students, now there are more than 600. We are oversubscribed and have an anticipated sixth form of 130.

“I didn’t do that,everybody did that, but I’ve been fortunate to work with a dedicated set ofgovernors and a committed staff that includes teachers, cleaners and dinnersupervisors. Because I’ve had a really good group it made it a real community school and I’m verygrateful to everyone for their support,” said Mr. Hobson.

He is to become anexecutive officer for Cumbria Association of Secondary Heads (CASH), of which he was alsochairman for some time. In his new role he will liaise with local authorities and advise and represent local headteachers.

However, he is alsohoping to keep active at the school through involvement in the sixth form South Africa cultural exchange.

The retirement will also give Mr. Hobson, who lives in Long Marton, more time to spend with his family wife Maureen, who is a teacher at Kirkby Stephen Primary School, and three children, Luke, Kate and Anna, who all continue to live and work in the Eden area.

“Throughout the last year I’ve worked with Mr. Lund and I’m sure that he will be able to move the schoolforward. There is no doubt that the school has been a very important part of my life and is a special place that the people of Appleby can be proud of and of the youngsters who attend it,” added Mr. Hobson.