Ken’s having a ball as he marks his Crofton School retirement

LOYAL Ken Shearsmith today and, inset, pictured as he started at Crofton in the 1970s
LOYAL Ken Shearsmith today and, inset, pictured as he started at Crofton in the 1970s
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WHEN Ken Shearsmith started teaching PE at Crofton School, Queen were at number one with Bohemian Rhapsody and David Beckham was just born.

Now, 36 years later, Ken is retiring from the Stubbington school and is encouraging former pupils and colleagues to join in the celebrations.

LOYAL Ken Shearsmith pictured as he started at Crofton in the 1970s

LOYAL Ken Shearsmith pictured as he started at Crofton in the 1970s

‘There is a whole weekend of celebration to mark my official retirement,’ said the 60-year-old from Portsmouth Road in Lee-on-the-Solent.

‘I want people to come along and meet all their old friends and old staff and have a great time.

‘There isn’t one student that I didn’t enjoy teaching so I’d love to see them again.’

Ken has been at the school since it opened at its current site on Gosport Road.

Shortly after joining he was made head of department and spent years building up a good relationship with the pupils, organising ski trips and basketball tours in America.

More recently, he has set up his own charity called Mustard Seed Songs, which supports youngsters who want to work voluntarily in the Third World.

Money will be raised for the charity at the weekend festivities.

‘The students have always been great,’ added Ken.

‘Being a PE teacher you get an opportunity to build good relationships with the students. Some I’m mentoring now, I taught their parents. It’s a bit like a family. I have enjoyed every minute of it.’

The celebrations will kick off on Friday, September 30 with a disco at Ferneham Hall.

Basketball games and football matches will take place on Saturday, October 1 followed by a joint reunion for pupils and a retirement party featuring karaoke.

On Sunday, October 2, there will be a golf competition.

Now Ken is hoping to relax and enjoy his retirement.

‘I got married three years ago so I can spend a bit more time with my wife,’ he added.

‘It means I can give more time to my charity.’

To find out more, contact Ken via Facebook, email ken.shearsmith@ntlworld.com or visit croftonschool.co.uk.