Thanks and best wishes go to all staff leaving QE at the end of this academic year, but the retirement of Malcolm Lee merits a special mention.

Mr Lee has given almost 20 years’ service since joining us from Verulam in St Albans, the large majority of them as Head of English.

“All at Queen Elizabeth’s will, I know, join me in wishing Malcolm a long, happy and fulfilled retirement,” says Headmaster John Marincowitz. “An outstanding classroom teacher himself, he has led and managed the department in a quietly understated, yet highly effective manner.

“Experienced and new staff alike have benefited from his guidance and support, and from the meticulous administration which has caused the department to run smoothly. Malcolm’s love of literature has shone through his teaching and been transmitted to his pupils; their achievements and the growth in the numbers opting to study English Literature at A Level are a fitting testament to his contribution,” Dr Marincowitz concludes.