Newport headteacher retires after 40 years

Newport headteacher retires after 40 years

Gaer Primary School Headteacher Mr John Webb is retiring after years of service. Pictured is Mr Webb with some of his pupils. (8200429)

Gaer Primary School Headteacher Mr John Webb is retiring after years of service. John is pictured with former pupils Natasha Marsh, Mtchell. Melaina and Megan Barry, and Clare Jenkins. (8200434)

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THE head teacher of a Newport school which is set for a controversial merge with another primary has announced his retirement after 40 years of teaching.

John Webb, who has led Gaer Junior School for almost 30 years, said he has a huge amount of confidence in the merge of the two primary schools despite protests by parents and staff.

Mr Webb, who grew up in Newport, said: “I have been blessed to have had the privilege of meeting so many lovely people. If anyone ever told me they’ve had a better 40 years I would be very surprised.

“We have had a couple of down moments certainly, but other than that it’s been a blast. It’s still the best job in the world. To do a job you love for 40 years is not a sentence, it’s a holiday.”

Teaching assistant Cath Luckett said: “He is fantastic, just like having a father figure here. He’s really understanding and if you have a problem you can ring him anytime day or night. It’s like one big happy family.”

Deb Aherne, nursery nurse at the school, said: “I’ve known him for 26 years. He was my neighbour first and inspired me to go back to college at 30 and get qualifications. Once I got them, there was a job going and now I’ve worked here for 17 years.”

Tasha Rogers, who works in the school office, said: “I’ve worked with him for a long time, about 18 years. He’s made the school feel like a family, we’re really going to miss him”.

It was announced last year Gaer Junior School, on Gaer Road, was to merge with Gaer Infant School despite a fight to preserve both schools.

But Mr Webb said the future of the newly formed Gaer Primary School is looking bright under the new head teacher, Alex Smith, who joins the school from Langstone Primary School.

Mr Webb said: “As soon as the schools meet and have the chance to work with the new head and see the wonderful job he will do, all will be fine.

“I have a huge amount of confidence because of his personality and charisma. He is very caring and has a lovely disposition and relationships are what teaching is about.”

The retiring head said he is looking forward to spending time with his two grandchildren, aged 13 and one, and is eagerly anticipating the birth of his third in October.

He said: “I haven’t been able to spend a lot of time with them but will be able to now.”

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9:14am Tue 15 Jul 14

myopinion1988 says...

Good Luck Mr Webb enjoy your retirement :)
Good Luck Mr Webb enjoy your retirement :) myopinion1988
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9:22am Tue 15 Jul 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Good luck to you Mr Webb - I was in your class in 1986 !
Good luck to you Mr Webb - I was in your class in 1986 ! Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 7

12:56pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Ian (Mac) MacKinlay says...

Merge?
Merge? Ian (Mac) MacKinlay
  • Score: -7

10:10pm Tue 15 Jul 14

jbullock says...

Good luck Mr Webb. Hope you have a long and happy retirement!
Good luck Mr Webb. Hope you have a long and happy retirement! jbullock
  • Score: 1

8:01am Wed 16 Jul 14

aimeelouisehunt says...

Good Luck Mr Webb! I enjoyed every minute being a student at the Gaer :) Enjoy retirement!
Good Luck Mr Webb! I enjoyed every minute being a student at the Gaer :) Enjoy retirement! aimeelouisehunt
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9:50am Wed 16 Jul 14

phillippa millington says...

Good luck mr webb. Me and my brother was both in your class. Good luck for a happy retirement lots of love the millingtons xx
Good luck mr webb. Me and my brother was both in your class. Good luck for a happy retirement lots of love the millingtons xx phillippa millington
  • Score: 1

8:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Casnewydd lad says...

We would always talk about rugby, what an amazing gentleman
We would always talk about rugby, what an amazing gentleman Casnewydd lad
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