Heroes' welcome for winning teacher

CHANTRY High teacher Bob Cunnell was given a hero's reception when he returned to work after being named as one of the East's most inspiring and unforgettable tutors.

CHANTRY High teacher Bob Cunnell was given a hero's reception when he returned to work after being named as one of the East's most inspiring and unforgettable tutors.

Mr Cunnell has won the Award for Lifetime Achievement at the regional final of the Teaching Awards, in partnership with BT.

When he returned to work after winning the award the former Suffolk cricket captain took 15 minutes to walk across the car park as people came to congratulate him.

"It was a tremendous honour for me and the school. It's an honour for the school, my colleagues and the pupils as well as for me," he said.


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The 60-year-old retires at the end of term after teaching at Chantry for 39 years.

He started teaching PE and French, but for the last 25 years has been a maths teacher.

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"I switched to teaching maths because it interested me, and I've taught many youngsters over the years," he said.

After Mr Cunnell leaves he expects to retain some contacts with the school.

"I already go to school reunions so I'm sure I will see old colleagues and pupils there – and I will retain an interest. But there won't be anything formal," he said.

A special commendation was awarded to David Oliver from Stowmarket High School, entered in the award for school leadership, who was given a cheque of £250 to take back to school.

Hundreds nominated online at www.teachingawards.com, including current and former pupils, parents, school colleagues and governors.

Mr Cunnell will be invited to attend the Teaching Awards 2002 National Ceremony which will take place in October and will be shown on BBC1 in early November.

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