To bring a teaching career to an end after nearly 40 years is a fantastic achievement, but to step down at the age of 87 is quite simply 'phenomenal.'
The amazing life career of Bob Pennifold began in 1945 when at the tender age of 16 he joined the Royal Navy in the steps of his three older brothers. After serving for four years in the Pacific, including Japan after the Hiroshima bombing, he joined the police force where he progressed to the rank of sergeant before 'retiring' in 1973, only for a whole new career to open up and dominate his life over the next four decades.
He trained to be a teacher and his first post was in Clacton in a school which was later to be the predecessor of one of AET's first secondary academies, Clacton Coastal Academy. For the past 12 years he has taught at Tendring Technology College (TTC) in Essex. Bob says: "I began teaching maths and I've just never looked back since. Helping to teach each new wave who comes through my class is incredibly satisfying." Bob's style of teaching has been extremely flexible and sometimes he has used magic tricks to aid learning.
At the very end of his career the Pennifolds doubled their ranks at TTC when Kaciey Pennifold, Bob's granddaughter, began her career as a newly qualified teacher at 23 years of age. Kaciey said it was a thrill to follow in her granddad's footsteps.
Enjoy your retirement Mr Pennifold which has been truly well deserved.