Guard of honour as pupils say goodbye to head

Photo Neil Cross'Douglas Walker who has been the Head at Kirkham Grammar School for 11 years is retiring, the children are doing a guard of honour for his walk back to the main school
Photo Neil Cross'Douglas Walker who has been the Head at Kirkham Grammar School for 11 years is retiring, the children are doing a guard of honour for his walk back to the main school
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More than 800 students packed into a school hall to pay their respects to a Fylde headteacher who has retired after 11 years.

Douglas Walker, headteacher at Kirkham Grammar School, was treated to a special assembly as students from the school’s senior and junior departments gathered to bid a fond farewell to the popular teacher.

Mr Walker, who will be replaced by Richard Laithwaite in September, was treated to a performance from the school’s choir, with a specially re-written version of the song ‘So Long, Farewell’ from the film The Sound of Music.

Mr Walker said: “It was fantastic to see so many students here for my final assembly and it was wonderful to listen to the special song they put together.”

After the assembly, the 800 students formed a guard of honour for Mr Walker, lining the school’s grounds.

New science facilities, a suite of 12 new interactive classrooms, a new drama studio, music centre and sports hall have all been added to the school’s facilities over the past decade under Mr Walker’s tenure.

Chairman of governors, Russell Dawson said: “Headmaster, staff and governors have every right to be proud of the school’s development during Mr Walker’s headship.”