Sixth Form Giant Retires After 38 Years In Teaching
It is all change at the top of the school, with the retirement of Andy Giles, Head of Sixth Form. As leader of the division for ten years, and former teacher at Furze Platt Senior School, Andy has been instrumental in the growth and development of not only the department but for the thousands of pupils he has taught during his 38 year teaching career.
Andy’s motto of ‘aim high, believe in yourself and make a difference’ has become the mantra of the Sixth Form and one that Stephanie Rogers, current Deputy Head of Sixth Form, intends to preserve and reinforce when she takes over as head. She commented: “Andy is a giant of Claires Court, literally and metaphorically! He has shaped the Sixth Form, its staff and students, focusing on the development and value of every individual, always with good humour. When Andy started teaching he knew the most important thing was to treat everyone with kindness and respect. He has certainly done that. On behalf of the Sixth Form team I wish him every happiness as he begins this new adventure.”
She added: “Having worked with Andy for seven years, my intention is to build on the legacy created and I take on my new role with a great sense of pride and purpose, I am relishing the prospect of leading a well-established and successful team forward.”
Lauren Walters, Head Girl 2016 to 2017, spoke in Andy's final assembly, representing the thousands of students he has inspired. In her words she expressed how Andy had helped her become the self-assured and confident young woman she is, through believing in her, listening to her, supporting and encouraging her during both the good days and the tough ones.
After a fantastic send off with many past students visiting to wish Andy well, he said: “I can honestly say that it has a real pleasure to have been Head of Sixth Form for the past ten years. I am very proud of our students’ academic achievements and the way they immerse themselves into school life and the local community. They mature into confident well rounded individuals who are great fun to be around. I am delighted that Stephanie Rogers will be taking over, who I have no doubt will take the Sixth Form from strength to strength.”