As Martin Cowles celebrates his 65th birthday, he will also mark 50 years spent working at Redmaids’ High School.
Martin joined the
school in 1970 when he was just 15 years old. As a young boy, he was originally
employed to prepare all the fresh vegetables ready for the girls’ lunch. All
these years later, he is a really central and highly-valued member of the school’s
award-winning catering team.
staff over the past five decades have benefitted from Martin’s huge personality
and immense warmth as he greets everyone, without exception, with the same
That said, the
last few months have been particularly challenging for Martin as he relies on
lip-reading to communicate – which is not easy when everyone is wearing masks –
but he remains an important part of the day-to-day life of this school.
As one former
student said, “For years, I would see Martin every morning at breakfast club –
and he always helped to get my day off to a really positive start.”
His colleagues also pay tribute to a man, “Who manages to make everyone feel known and special, and is very much at the heart of this school community.”