Farewell to long-serving Cedars teachers

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Cedars Upper School said farewell to two of its longest serving members of staff, with a combined service of 44 years.

Both Judith Wood, with 23 years, and Linda Johnson, with 21 years, are taking well deserved retirement after contributing much to the school.

Mrs Johnson was deputy head of the school from 2001 to 2013, and for a while in 2010 was also associate headteacher. She led on the pastoral system at the school as well as being a history teacher.

Mrs Wood started her career at Cedars as a teacher of French and German but in recent years has managed the school’s Student Support Centre. This provides support for students struggling with school, for whatever reason, and is held in high esteem by all visitors to the school.

Cedar’s head Steve Palmer said: “Both Linda and Judith have contributed massively to the school over many years and they will be sorely missed. They are certainly amongst the best teachers I have ever worked with and I am sure there are countless ex-students across the town who will remember them fondly, really value the support they gave them, and would want to wish them well, as do I.”