After leaving Wennington the following thirteen years were spent raising a family, Laurie, John and Katy, and moving around the country as husband, Gerald, moved up the ladder in the NCB. I did a small amount of private teaching. When Katy started school in 1966 I returned to part-time work as a peripatetic music teacher in SW Durham. This eventually expanded into full-time work in a variety of primary and secondary schools and a Saturday Music Centre.
All three Pentith children attended Wennington at different times between 1965-75 and are grateful to have been part of the 'Wennington experience'.
A move to South Yorkshire in 1972 as a peripatetic string teacher led to my appointment, in 1973, as Director of Music at Thomas Rotherham College, an open access Sixth Form College. This job involved preparing students for O & A level as well as Oxbridge entrance and instrumental teaching. I still worked on Saturdays as part of the local music centre team preparing pupils for AB theory exams, and began working as an assistant examiner for several O and A level boards. By the mid eighties I was Reviser for GCSE music and Chief Examiner for the History & Appreciation of Music GCSE for the NEAB.
On retirement from Thomas Rotherham College, in 1993, I was fortunate to walk into two part-time jobs teaching years 10-13 at a local comprehensive, covering maternity leave for a former student; and working for Sheffield University's Adult Education Department. From 1996/97 I was co/Scriptwriter for Classic FM's Masterclass programme in conjunction with QCA - a wonderful opportunity to introduce a variety of less well known music to a wide audience. A change of ownership of CFM led to the project being abandoned.
In September 2000 I moved to Hemingbrough, North Yorks, with my partner of 28 years, John Belcher, until retirement, Chief Executive of South Yorkshire Family Housing. He spends a lot of time promoting the music of Alan Rawsthorne as Chair of the Alan Rawsthorne Trust and Secretary of the Alan Rawsthorne Society.
I am still Reviser for the GCSE Music exam and a question setter for A level, as well as marking A level papers annually. I do some CD reviewing for musical journals, have time to help anyone needing advice on music exam work or research projects, and having a large archive of material on a variety of topics am available for talks to music societies.
Sybil Pentith

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