Hartlepool headteacher to retire after serving English Martyrs for four decades

English Martyrs Headteacher Michael Lee. Picture by FRANK REID
English Martyrs Headteacher Michael Lee. Picture by FRANK REID

A respected headteacher is set to start a well-deserved retirement after serving a Hartlepool school and its pupils for almost four decades.

Michael Lee, headteacher of The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, is about to retire after spending 38 years at the school.

He leaves at the end of term next week.

Michael began his career at English Martyrs in 1977, when the school was on two sites.

Mr Lee’s first classroom was in the building which is now the White House Pub.

He has taught history to thousands of English Martyrs students over the years.

In in his time at the school he has been head of sixth form and deputy headteacher, before being appointed head in September 2010.

Throughout his career Michael has been able to celebrate excellent examination results and has taken great pleasure in the achievements of students in musical, dramatic and sporting activities.

Michael, who recently became a grandfather, said: “My 38 years at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College have been happy and fulfilling and it has been an honour and a privilege to have been headteacher for the last five of those years. I will miss students and colleagues and will look back on my time at English Martyrs with great affection.”

The school embarks on a new phase of its history at a time when it has been included in Phase 2 of the Priority School Building Programme. Students can look forward to having a new first class building in the future while being led by new head, Stephen Hammond.