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Castle Manor teacher leaves after 40 years

Martin Pates with Castle Manor Academy students ANL-141222-101153001
Martin Pates with Castle Manor Academy students ANL-141222-101153001

Castle Manor Academy’s longest serving member of staff has retired after 40 years of teaching at the school.

Martin Pates began at the school as “Master to teach Economics with Public Affairs and Commerce” in September 1975.

He joined the school when it was known as Castle Manor School and was the only secondary school in Haverhill.

Mr Pates moved from Chesterfield to a key worker flat on Boxford Court and lived for many years in Haverhill, before moving out of town.

In a statement, a spokesman for Castle Manor Academy said: “He has always been passionate about young people and, as well as a teaching countless youngsters in the classroom, has been involved in numerous community projects.”

He was a Scout Leader for over 25 years, both locally and further afield in Bottisham.

He was also heavily involved in the organisation of the Haverhill Show for around a decade, when he arranged the procession through town.

Mr Pates said: “I taught the Certificate of Pre Vocational Education across both schools in the late 80s.

“This was a great qualification to prepare students for further study and was very similar to current BTEC qualifications.

“We have always had successful industry and commerce in our town and I know that our school can continue to prepare young people for their future.”

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