Hunter Hall, Cumbria’s only independent primary school, is celebrating a very special birthday this month. While the school recently marked 30 years at its current site, this time it’s the turn of the school’s much-loved and well-respected Site Manager, Geoff Ellerton.
‘Mr Ellerton’ has been an integral part of Hunter Hall School for nearly 27 years, serving as site manager and general handyman. On Tuesday 4 April 2023, pupils and teachers are honoured to celebrate his 80th birthday and all that he has done for the popular school.
Mr Ellerton’s contributions to the school community have been outstanding. From driving the school minibus, accompanying school trips to France, and being the chief maker of the annual school bonfire, each year ensuring that it burns bright and that students enjoy a magical evening of celebration. He has also overseen the courtyard Christmas tree, which has become a beloved tradition at the school. Geoff was the one who initially came up with the idea for the tree and has donated the lights every year since.
Mr. Ellerton’s dedication to the school is unmatched, and they were proud to celebrate his 25th work anniversary back in 2021. In recognition of his service, he was presented with a sit-on mower to help him keep the cricket pitch in tip-top condition. Prior to his time at Hunter Hall, Geoff was a milkman and worked in general farm work. Today, he is still working as the school’s site manager and as a Director’s Assistant at Richardson’s Funeral Services based in Penrith.
Over the years, Geoff has seen four heads at Hunter Hall – Mrs. Dexter, Mr. Short, Dr. Winzor, and Mrs. Vinsome. He has been an integral part of the school’s growth and development, watching the school barn take shape, the science centre being built, and the school car park being developed and extended.
Geoff’s wife, Ros, has also been a part of the school community, serving as a lunchtime supervisor and playing a significant role in keeping gardens tidy and planters filled. Together, Geoff and Ros have become well-known members of the local community, and their dogs – Scruff, Mac, and Odin – have also been beloved members of the school community.
Geoff Ellerton is truly an exceptional person, and the school are incredibly grateful for his tireless service and dedication. As he celebrates his 80th birthday, pupils, parents and staff want to wish him all the best and thank him for all that he has done for Hunter Hall School. They look forward to many more years of working together and continuing to make our school a wonderful place to be.
Hunter Hall is Cumbria’s only independent preparatory and pre-school for children aged 3 – 11 years and is located on the outskirts of Penrith. For more information, visit www.hunterhall.co.uk