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Teacher Anne Stanesby calls it a day after 44 years at Driffield School

After 44-and-a-half years, long-standing and well-respected teacher Anne Stanesby has hung up her apron and bid an emotional farewell to students and staff at Driffield School & Sixth Form as she looks forward to a new chapter in her life in retirement.

Anne joined the Manorfield Road school in January 1978 as a Home Economics teacher and although the title of her role has changed over the years, her passion and dedication for enabling students to fulfil their potential has never waned.

With an interest in food and cookery, Anne trained to become a teacher in Home Economics and Needlework at Ilkley College of Education in West Yorkshire qualifying in 1977 and after a term covering maternity leave in Stockport, she took up her post in Driffield and has never looked back.

I have enjoyed the variety of the subject area and meeting such a wide range of students and seeing how they have progressed. It is very satisfying.

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She told the Wolds Weekly she will miss her students and friends and colleagues at the school, but is looking forward to having the flexibility of not being governed by timetables and school bells.

Speaking on her last day, when she presented the trophies for the school’s sports day, an emotional Anne said: “I have spoken to lots of students today who have asked me if I am leaving and many of them have told me that I taught their parents!

“I have enjoyed my role and seeing the students progress. I have worked within the same department teaching cookery and food technology and in the last year I have taken on a wider role teaching design and technology projects, which I have found really interesting.”

The past 44-and-a-half years have seen many changes and also many highlights for Anne.

She said: “When I first started, only girls studied the subject, but it is technology that has changed everything.

“Earlier, one of the students asked me when I began teaching and I said ‘BC’. He replied ‘Before Christ?’ and I said ‘No, before computers!’.

“With the introduction of computers, it has meant that everything is now done electronically and there is no need for the old classroom boards anymore.

“There have been many highlights over the years, but perhaps the greatest was when I accompanied former A-level student Hannah Edeson to the British Nutrition Foundation Awards and met Princess Anne when she presented the awards for achievements in A-level.

“This was a fantastic achievement for Hannah and a very proud day for the school.

“I have enjoyed the variety of the subject area and meeting such a wide range of students and seeing how they have progressed. It is very satisfying.

“I will miss all my friends and colleagues at school. I have made some very good friendships and hopefully they will continue.”

With plans to travel and catch up on jobs she has not had time to do over the last year, Anne has a busy few months ahead.

“I am going on holiday with my family and after that I am planning on catching up on all the tedious jobs I have not had time to get around to doing, because of my teaching commitments,” she said.

“I am travelling to Vietnam in January and I enjoy cake decorating and so I will carry on with that. I live on a farm and so I will probably get drafted into doing a few jobs there too. I think I’ll find plenty to occupy my time!”

Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to the dedication and commitment Anne has given to the school.

Rebecca Knight, Head of Design and Technology, said: “Anne Stanesby will be very much missed by the Technology department and right across Driffield School.

“She has been a valuable member of the team and our members, both past and present, have been getting in touch to share their wonderful experiences of working with Anne.

“Over the last few years, the department has seen many changes to the curriculum and Anne has embraced this, stepping up to teach new topics and supporting others in doing so. As head of department, I can’t thank Anne enough for this. 

“Anne will be missed by the students as much as the staff, her love of food and nutrition is infectious and her expertise in the subject has enabled our students to excel.

“We will of course miss Anne’s talent for choosing the perfect presents and her impeccable taste in biscuits for the office.

“Anne would prefer to say that she is not retiring, but “restructuring” and has been making some exciting plans for the future.

“We wish her all the best in these and look forward to hearing about her travels.”

Driffield School also bid farewell to another long-standing member of staff last week when science teacher James Macey retired after 29 years at the school.

The school said he has worked tirelessly and made a significant difference to the lives of thousands of students during his time at Driffield School and will be very much missed.

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