The end of the school year is a great time with the excitement of school holiday, but it can also be a sad time when staff leave or retire.

Len Dry has had an association with Christ Church Bentinck CE Primary School (CCB), Westminster, spanning over 66 years. Len attended the school as a child in 1956 at the age of 8 when the “Headmaster” at the time was Mr Ambrose and the school was called Christ Church School. His younger sister also attended CCB. During his time at the school, he met the Queen’s Mother at an event held to promote town gardens.

Len is pictured here, the third child from the left.  Len Now

Len’s association with CCB continued as his son, Paul, also attended the school. Len was encouraged to stand for the position of PCC Governor by Father Jack and eventually took on the role as the school’s full-time Site Manager in 2004.

Len is a real gentlemen and a fountain of knowledge. Before working at CCB, he had a lucrative career in electrical engineering which gave him the opportunity to travel around the world. He has used his knowledge in this field to maintain the premises and, on occasions, to support teaching and learning in science at CCB– helping children to understand electricity and circuits.

As well as strong links with the school, Mr Dry is a cornerstone of the local community. He had an active role as Church Warden at St. Paul’s Parish Church for over 23 years and continues to be a member of the Parochial Church Council (PCC).

Now, at the age of 74, Len will be retiring in the summer and will be greatly missed. He has been an invaluable asset to the team, showing incredible loyalty and dedication to CCB. The parents, staff, pupils and Governors wish him all the best as he enjoys a well – deserved rest and new adventures with his wife Eileen.

Len, we wish you a very happy retirement.

Mrs Tyrrell (Head Teacher), Susannah Robinson (Chair of Governors), Reverend Clare Dowding & All at CCB  and all at LDBS.

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We will feature as many retirements as we can in our final edition of The Bulletin for this academic year on Friday 15 July.