South Yorkshire Times May 31, 1947
Head for 38 Years
Conisbrough Presentations to Mr Walter Gledhill
The staff of Conisbrough Modern School Boys and Girls departments, with past staff members and friends, met at the school on Thursday to pay tribute to the work of Mr Walter Gledhill B.Sc., who retired at the weekend after serving for over 18 years as the first Headmaster of the Boys’ school and a total of 38 years as headmaster in schools under the West Riding education authority.
Mr EA Phillips (boy school staff) who presided, referred to the enthusiasm with which Mr Gledhill carried out all his work in school, and his many activities for school sports and other educational movements, and spoke of the happy relationship between Mr Gledhill and his staff.
Miss GE Packwood, headmistress of the Girls School, said the two schools had always worked together very well and many of the school successful activities had been joint efforts.
Mr F Piper, Headmaster, High Green modern school and Mr AE Platt, headmaster, Conisbrough Station Road, School, both members of the staff when the school was opened in June 1929, and Mr J Proctor, headmaster Morley Place School Conisbrough, representing the head teachers of Conisbrough, also spoke with appreciation of Mr Gledhill’s work.
Mr Gledhill was presented with a radio receiver and extension speaker from the staff and friends and an electric clock from the caretaker staff and the canteen staff.
Mr Gledhill thanked all who had supported him and helped to make his work easier. His work in Penistone, Mexborough and Conisbrough had given him opportunities for service which he had carried out to the best of his ability and he hoped with satisfaction to all.
At a joint assembly of the boys and girls schools on Friday, Bert Harris on behalf of the boys, and Hazel Bramhall, for the girls, handed Mr Gledhill a travelling bag and a pocket wallet and thanked him particularly for his work in connection with the school sports and in the production of the school operetta or pantomime.
Mr Gledhill expressed his thanks.
Mr Gledhill has had 42 years experience in the teaching profession. He began as an assistant at Kings Road School, Wombwell in 1905, and four years later became headmaster of Springvale school, Penistone where he remained 16 years.
A 1925 he was appointed headmaster of Doncaster Road School, Mexborough and spent four years there before going to Conisbrough.