End of an era at Southsea school

STEPPING DOWN Ron Forshaw at St John's College
STEPPING DOWN Ron Forshaw at St John's College

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A TEACHER has retired from a Southsea school after 36 years of service.

Ron Forshaw, senior master at St John’s College in Southsea, joined the school in September 1976.

During his time at St John’s Ron taught maths, music, Latin and ancient history.

He was also head of year seven, teacher in charge of special needs and once acted as head of marketing. For the past two years Mr Forshaw was senior master and examinations officer.

Mr Forshaw said: ‘I am sure my colleagues will remember me for my assemblies. They are important, but I always tried to make them fun, engaging and memorable.’

As well as teaching, Mr Forsshaw plays the piano in the school orchestra and has played for the staff five-a-side football team.

Headteacher Graham Best, said: ‘Ron is calm, modest, respected by all, and he has a wonderful sense of humour.

‘He is an excellent teacher; popular with students, staff and parents. He knows everyone, so will be greatly missed.

‘I know he will never be too far from the school and will return to play in the orchestra, but for now we wish him a very long and happy retirement.’

He is retiring to spend time with his wife. He added: ‘In all my years here I have never had a day when I didn’t want to go to work, so I feel pretty neutral about retiring.’