The head of Thetford Grammar School will be retiring from his post next summer, after a decade at the school and 40 years in teaching.
Gareth Price came to the school in 2005 from a deputy head’s position at Ryde School on the Isle of Wight, and said it will be ‘a wrench’ to leave.
“It is the day-to-day working with the children I will really miss, that is always a rich experience in itself,” he said.
“It is a real privilege to work with young people and see how they rise to the challenge all the time.
“You get a real buzz from seeing the way they move through the school and come out the other end, to go on to university or into jobs. It is a very rewarding experience.”
Gareth, who has been an inspector of independent schools for 20 years, said he feels it is the ‘right time’ to retire.
“When you are still working it seems a long way away, but I am quite sure I will miss working with the people in the school and it will be a wrench to leave,” he said.
After starting out as a history teacher in a state school in Thame, Oxfordshire, Gareth moved around the country and eventually moved into independent sector, setting his eyes on a headteacher’s position.
“I left Ryde because I wanted to move on to a headship,” he said. “I am ambitious and wanted that extra responsibility, to be involved in leading other people and directing students’ education.
“I like working in a small environment and Thetford fitted the bill. It had a good history and good academic provisions.”
The school, which celebrated its 900th anniversary this year, also panders to another of Gareth’s loves - local history.
“It is a school steeped in history,” said Gareth.
“After I retire I would like to get involed in a local history project in Norfolk. I specialise in Tudor history, and there is a lot of that in this area.
“I would also like to do some voluntary work with organisations that work with young people.”
Alongside his local history projects and voluntary work, Gareth said he will continue in his part-time role as a schools inspector.