A 40 year Brigg teaching career, remarkably all spent in one school, has come to an end with the retirement of Vale Academy’s Pat Neal.
Born and brought up in Walsall, Pat qualified as a teacher in Sheffield, moving to Brigg in 1975 to take up a Physical Education post at Brigg Secondary School, which soon became the Vale of Ancholme.
After a period as Head of PE he became a Head of Year and Head of House, and then studied for a B Ed degree.
He gradually left PE and became a member of the Science Department, and worked in Careers Education for another role.
“Pat’s contribution to The Vale Academy is immeasurable,” said Vale Principal Nicola Williams.
“He always has the best interests of the students at heart and I know has inspired students in both Science and PE for many years. We will miss him greatly.”
Pat now looks forward to retirement, spending time with his family and maybe doing the odd bit of gardening.
“I have seen many changes in 40 years, some for the better and some not so,” said Pat.
“I plan to enjoy my retirement. I have stamps to sort out and want to trace my ancestors which I am told go back to William the Conqueror. And I want to have fun with the grandchildren!”