Technology supremo will miss Penwortham school

Success: Ian Tindsley
Success: Ian Tindsley
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After after 37 years as a teacher at Penwortham Priory Academy, popular head of technology Ian Tindsley has retired.

The dad of two, whose wife Gaynor is a cover supervisor at the school, worked at the Crow Hills Road school all his adult life.

He said: “With one grandchild, another on the way and the hosting of our youngest daughter’s wedding there is plenty going on.

“As a family of Wigan Warriors season ticket holders and a new season starting soon, another little gap will be filled.

“It’s actually 37 years and four months at Priory so it’s been a long time - but I will miss it. Working with our staff and students is a genuine privilege.”

Ian began life as a PE teacher after training at Chester and only signed a 12 month contract at first.

In 1988, he completed a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Design Technology at Edge Hill University, and has since raised the profile of technology in schools.

In 2006 Ian was presented with a Design and Technology Association Excellence award by Sebastian Conran at the Royal Society building in London.

His credits have involved helping oversee the new design building at Priory in 2008 and as a result was asked to contribute to seminars and conferences about design technology while also writing articles for a wide range of publications. Ian said:“I have delivered seminars at the NEC in Birmingham and was asked to write a ‘Design Your Own Department’ guide for the Design and Technology Association.”

A recent visit to the Design School of Loughborough University saw him deliver a summer school seminar on (Computer-aided Design and Computer-aided Manufacturing), an area in which the school is recognised nationally.

He also established links with Boxford, manufacturers of Computer Aided Manufacturing equipment from Halifax.

He said: “I am proud of the performance of our students across all the technology subjects and with results often 25p er cent higher than the national average I can leave the department in a very healthy state.”

He is still the only teacher to coach Priory’s football team to a Lancashire County Championship and was also secretary of the South Ribble Schools Football Association and chairman of the Lancashire Schools Football Association. “