Oundle teacher retires after more than 40 years at same school

Graham Snelling (right) with HRH The Duke of Gloucester, when he visited the school for its 40th birthday.
Graham Snelling (right) with HRH The Duke of Gloucester, when he visited the school for its 40th birthday.

An Oundle teacher who spent all of his teaching career at the same school has retired after 41 years in the job.

Graham Snelling started his teaching career at Prince William School in 1975, when the school itself was just four years old.

He was appointed as a PE teacher by the school’s founding headteacher, Chris Lowe, and played a big part at Oundle Rugby Club before ending his career as assistant headteacher.

Former colleague Tim Ensor says he has been a major contributor to the school.

He said: “It was clear from the outset that Graham had great passion for his subject, and as well as a full-time teaching commitment he went on to be a founder member and the driving force behind the highly successful Oundle Rugby Club.

“He has coached nationally and internationally and has been involved not just in rugby but many other sports in the town, including rowing and cricket.

“With the development of Prince William School, Graham was a major contributor to trips abroad, running and helping to organise opera trips, sporting tours and cultural exchanges.

“He went on to develop his career at Prince William with the development of community links with local employers and organising the very successful annual programme of work experience at the school.

“There will be many hundreds, if not thousands, of local people who have been taught by Graham over the years.”

Mr Snelling’s retirement party is on Saturday, July 30, at Oundle Rugby Club from 3pm onwards.

He has requested no presents but would like any donations to go to the James Rutterford Trust, run from Prince William School.

Details of this and the event are available from Jenny Blount and Tim Ensor, two previous teachers at the school, by emailing timensor@aol.com or jennyblount1@hotmail.com.