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Retirement of Kay Adkins

We say a fond farewell, to an inspirational Teacher of Physical Education and Head of Rounders, Kay Adkins, who retires from Bishop's Stortford College after an amazing 23 years!
27 Jun 2023
Written by Wendy Dodd
School News

Kay’s passion was swimming; having joined a swimming club aged 10 she trained twice a day, seven days a week until her “A” level studies impacted her training.  She was a National age group finalist aged 12, a Southern Counties champion and a regular winner in the Essex County championships.

After taking her “A” levels, Kay attended a Physical Education College before embarking on a 45 year teaching career.

Her career started in Dagenham where she spent 3 years, before a brief stint in Tottenham and 6 years in Enfield.  After a short break to start a family, Kay returned to teaching on a part time basis in Enfield and finally working at the Herts & Essex High School in Bishop’s Stortford. It was during this time in 2000 that she heard about an opportunity at the College initially working part time, joining the College on a full time basis in 2005 and has not looked back since!

During her varied career Kay has taught swimming, gymnastics, hockey, netball, basketball, rounders, dance, volleyball, cricket, trampolining and badminton. What a vast and diverse range of sports!

For a number of years she coached the College swimming team and has supported several school sports trips to Antigua, Barbados, Croatia, Malta and Spain. The College were one of the first schools to visit Antigua on a netball tour where they were welcomed by both Newspaper and Radio networks and the College team were even interviewed for the TV news station.

When asked what Kay will miss, she said the camaraderie, the staff, pupils and the friendships. She is very much looking forward to not having to get up early nor working to a timetable and after 45 years this will be a welcome break, giving Kay an opportunity to manage her own time.  As a grandmother, she will also be able to spend time with her family too.

Kay has taken up the saxophone and joined the College choir so, although unable to join the choir for Summer Music Live 2023, she will surely be back for the 2024 event. 

We thank Kay for her dedicated service over the last 23 years and wish her every happiness as she embarks on her next chapter.

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