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A headteacher who backed a nationwide transformation of school dinners is retiring after a 38-year career.

Mr David Maddison will leave St Peter’s Academy, East Bridgford, at the end of the school year.

The 60-year-old has been head at St Peter’s for 23 years.

He worked with school cook Jeanette Orrey, who later received an MBE, to transform meals at St Peter’s.

That led to a nationwide campaign involving celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to make school dinners healthier.

“That’s a great legacy for me because, in theory, I have reached out and helped every child that has had a better dinnertime experience,” said Mr Maddison.

Mr Maddison taught at Radcliffe junior and two Nottingham schools.

He was deputy head at Gotham primary before joining St Peter’s.

The school has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted and the Anglican Schools Report and its pupils consistently reach regional and national sports finals.

This year’s successes have included the boys’ table tennis team winning the national championships and the lacrosse team winning a regional championship.

'A place for everything'

Three years ago St Peter’s joined Archbishop Cranmer primary, Aslockton, to form the Aspire Multi-Academy Trust.

Mr Maddison became executive head of Archbishop Cranmer and later of Sir John Sherbrooke Junior School, Calverton, which is also a member of Aspire.

Mr Maddison said he had taken occasional days off to attend his children’s school plays but had never had a day off sick in his 38-year career.

He said: “We have created a vibrant, spirited, successful, value-driven school that is based around providing the best opportunities possible to help children develop not just who they are but what they can be.

“It has been, and still is, a place for everything ­— from great sport to great dance, drama, writing and academic results.”

Mr Maddison said he had an open mind about what he would do during his retirement.

Mrs Kate Watson, head of Archbishop Cranmer primary, said: “David Maddison is an inspirational leader whose exciting and forward-thinking vision for education means he has been a privilege to work alongside.”