A Nostalgic Visit
(our reporter Julia writes. June 2012)
Michael Hursey, deputy headteacher of the King Edmund School for seven years in the 1970's, paid a nostalgic visit to the school recently when he dropped in, without knowing it was the day of the exhibition showing 50 years in the life of the school. The programme of the staff production of "Charlie's Aunt" in 1976 brought back happy memories of when he played the part of the aunt, and of others in the cast, especially Bob Lawrence, the then Head of Drama who retired the following year. Michael said he was very impressed by all the developments which have taken place in the school over the last 32 years, and by the excellent standard of uniform and student behaviour he saw on the tour kindly provided by the Deputy Head Miss Nichols.
After leaving King Edmund, Michael became a magistrate and spent 17 years as Head of a comprehensive in the Midlands, which was chosen by OFSTED as one of its schools of the year in 1995. He took early retirement in the following year and became an OFSTED inspector himself. He was also appointed to the Parole Board for six years, which involved interviewing long-term prisoners who were being considered for early release on licence, and helping to make decisons about their future at monthly committee meetings in London. At the same time he became an education consultant, working for the National College of School Leadership for 12 years, undertaking the final assessment of deputy heads who were wanting to gain the National Professional Qualification for Headship, an essential requirement for appointment to school leadership.. He retired in December 2008