TEACHING stalwart Graham Roberts is to bring the curtain down on 34 years of educating youngsters in Bulwell.
Mr Roberts (56), pictured, who is currently the principal of Bulwell Academy, will retire at the end of the summer term in July.
An integral part of Bulwell education for more than three decades, he was also previously a teacher and then head teacher at the former Henry Mellish Comprehensive School on Highbury Road.
“It was a very tough decision for me to leave the academy and my last day will be a very sad one,” said Mr Roberts.
“I am proud of the achievements of all the students I have taught. But now it’s time for me to enjoy my retirement and pass the mantle to the next principal.”
Mr Roberts started his career at Henry Mellish shortly after gaining his qualifications as a maths and PE teacher.
As head teacher, he helped bring about improved exam-results before the school combined with the River Leen Comprehensive to create the academy, which launched in 2009.
Peter Mitchell, chairman of governors at the academy, paid tribute to Mr Roberts for the way he brought about the amalgamation of River Leen and Henry Mellish
He said “Graham’s calm and determined approach, and his passion for education, has been an inspiration to his students.
“His lifetime of dedication to education in Bulwell and district will ensure his legacy continues.”