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Paget High School chief bows out with one final honour

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 27, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A RETIRING head teacher will forever be immortalised after an annual award was created in his honour.

The Don Smith Award will be handed out to the person who makes the most 'outstanding contribution' to Paget High School, in Burton Road, Branston, during the academic year.

After 14 years in charge at the school, popular head teacher Mr Smith was the first person to be handed the gong.

Chairman of governors Dave Shilton said: "When Don took over at Paget, the school was a very different place.

"His charisma, outstanding leadership and dedication to students and staff alike have transformed not just results, but the way the school sees itself and is looked upon by others.

"Under Don, Paget has flourished into a community that values the potential of all its individual members, respects their backgrounds and beliefs, and understands that, by working together, great things can be achieved.

"This trophy is just a small part of the tremendous legacy he leaves behind."

Mr Smith was presented with the crystal trophy at the school's annual prizegiving ceremony.

Other celebrations to mark Mr Smith's retirement included an assembly that the whole school attended and a staff barbecue and disco.

Mr Smith listed the Department for Education among reasons he had decided to call time on his career.

Mr Smith has been at the helm of the Branston school since 2000, in which time he has overseen an upturn in standards and received praise from education chiefs.

His departure will bring the curtain down on a 39-year teaching career. The school was one of only 51 across the country to see continuous improvement in terms of GCSE results.

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