Principal Stuart Higgins, who nominated Derek for our flowers, champagne and chocolates, says he is "a real gentleman" who is loved and appreciated by staff and students. Even when the weather is cold and wet, "Derek, who spends most of his working day outside, is happy." Recently the school opened a new residential block and named it Lanman House. All other buildings on the site have been named after previous headteachers. "He is a modest man," says Mr Higgins, "but we were pleased to name him on something that will last forever."
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