Wycliffe Prep headteacher Adrian Palmer's 200 ties 'bring a smile' to the children and staff
8:02pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
WYCLIFFE Prep headteacher Adrian Palmer has enough ties for every school day of the year.
He started collecting ties 21 years ago when he received his first headship and now has more than 200 in his wardrobe.
“I never liked wearing a tie and didn't have to wear them until I became a headmaster,” said Mr Palmer, who has been the headteacher at the prep school in Stonehouse for 10 years.
“In an act of juvenile rebellion I bought my first tie for work which had Mickey Mouse on it.”
It was the first and last one he bought as the rest of his collection has been given to him by children and parents.
Mr Palmer, an ardent Manchester United supporter, has worn every tie given to him - with the exception of one.
“One of the parents gave me an Arsenal tie which I could never wear,” he said.
His vast collection includes ties made from wood, silk, paper, beads and even one made from plastic bubble wrap.
“The bubble wrap tie is kept for boring meetings so that I can amuse myself by popping the bubbles,” said Mr Palmer.
He has also learned the hard way not to wear a musical tie to services in the chapel.
“During one Christmas service the musical tie I was wearing started playing as I was in the lectern about to give a reading,” he said.
“There is also a serious side to this as my ties are a discussion point for the children and every morning in the breakfast room they look to see what I am wearing.
“My ties help the children realise that a headmaster is a human being and approachable.
“A headmaster doesn’t have to be fierce, boring or horrible to maintain discipline. It is important that we have a happy school with happy children and my ties bring a smile to the children and our staff.”
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