Dedicated head fits the Bill

Lord Peter Mandelson (right) with Bill Jordon during a visit by the former Hartlepool MP to Dyke House Sports and Technology College
Lord Peter Mandelson (right) with Bill Jordon during a visit by the former Hartlepool MP to Dyke House Sports and Technology College

THE dedicated head of an outstanding school is the latest person to be put forward for a Pride of Hartlepool Award.

Bill Jordon, the former headteacher at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, who now has an executive role at the school, has been nominated for his determination to secure the £12m revamp of the Mapleton Road school.

At a time when funding for the Building Schools for the Future scheme was being slashed he lobbied the Government and even appeared on live television to fight for Dyke House.

The 63-year-old had been in charge at Dyke House for 18 years, but retired as head in July and was replaced by his 35-year-old son Andrew.

But he will remain at the school – which is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted – in an advisory role as executive head for up to a year to help oversee the relocation back to its Mapleton Road base.

Mr Jordon, who has taught for 42 years, was awarded a CBE in 2004 for his services to education.

He has now been put forward for an award by mum-of-two Joanne Shaw, whose daughter 16-year-old daughter Danielle left the school last summer and whose daughter Courtney, 11, is currently a Year 7 pupil at the new school.

Mrs Shaw, of Seaton Carew, said: “Without his efforts we would not have a brand new state-of-the-art school.

“He always goes that ‘extra mile’ for all of his young pupils and considers their parents to be friends.

“Mr Jordon has done so much for the young people of Dyke House school.

“He treats everyone as equals and does everything he can for every young person in his care.

“His life has been devoted to the young people of Dyke House school and I think it’s time to give a little back.

“He recently passed the role of headmaster to his son, but he is still at the end of the phone to speak to anyone with words of encouragement.

“As far as myself, my husband and my daughters are concerned, we feel very fortunate that Mr Jordon was headmaster of the school.

“He was, and still is, always there for us.

“His door is always open and he gets results. Danielle was deputy head girl in Year 11 and Mr Jordon wrote her a wonderful character reference letter for her CV.

“Danielle now attends Hartlepool Sixth Form College and Mr Jordon still asks after her as I expect he does with all his past pupils.

“I imagine that I am not the only parent who is grateful that Mr Jordon was their children’s headteacher. Mr Jordon really does care about his students, past and present.”

The new school, which has 1,050 pupils and 120 staff, opened earlier this month.

It is split into five areas to create a “school within a school”.

Each year group will remain in the same area, with the same set of teachers, for all five years.

The idea is to build better relationships between staff, pupils and parents in a bid to further improve standards.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from or picked up from Mail reception, Clarence House, Wesley Square or the information kiosk inside Middleton Grange shopping centre.

Forms are also in the recption areas of Hartlepool College of Further Education and Hartlepool 6th Form College.

Full details about the awards are available from paul watson on (01429) 239361 or at