Kenton school names its sports hall after late deputy headteacher

Claremont High School Academy pays tribute to Clive Ridgeon

A Kenton school has named its sports hall after a former deputy headteacher who devoted more than 40 years to the school.

Claremont High School Academy Trust has dedicated its sports hall to Clive Ridgeon, a teacher from 1956 to 1996 at the school in Claremont Road.

In that time, he was head of boys’ PE, a maths teacher, deputy headteacher and a pastoral leader.

Mr Ridgeon died last year and his family attended the ceremony on June 12 where his daughter Emma unveiled a plaque in his memory.

Paul McCann, assistant headteacher, said: “In short, he was a legend and ‘Mr Claremont’.

“He was a lovely man and an enthusiastic PE teacher. He was a hard rugby player, but he had a great heart.”

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It will be named after Lindsay MacDonald, who was headteacher between 1986 and 1998. She travelled from Scotland to attend.