Teacher David retires after 48 years service

David Dean has retired from County Upper School after 37 years - he is pictured with students who were recognised at an annual Record of Achievement
David Dean has retired from County Upper School after 37 years - he is pictured with students who were recognised at an annual Record of Achievement

After teaching history and English, serving as deputy head and even acting head, David Dean has retired from County Upper School after 37 years.

Mr Dean, 70, officially stepped down yesterday bringing to a close a 48 year teaching career, which started in Liverpool followed by Ipswich and finally Bury St Edmunds.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed seeing children who were not so bright come on and very bright children reach their potential.”

During his time at County Upper, Mr Dean was deputy head for 18 years, acting head for a term and ran the school’s debating and public speaking society. He went part time in 1999 and has been gradually winding down.

Last Friday he was guest at the school’s annual record of achievement assembly.

Mr Dean was a magistrate for 25 years - having served as chairman of the bench - and sings with the Abbot Consort of Voices and the Bury Bach Choir. He also plays the organ at Trinity Methodist Church and Hawkedon Parish Church.

On his retirement, he said: “I’ve two grandsons and my wife needs some help looking after them so grandfather duties will kick in.”