Southsea’s St John’s College say farewell to long serving teacher

Year 5 and 6 pupils from St Johns College, from left Mihail Blagoev, 10, Oliver Haynes, 10, Albert Goodfellow, 10, Phoenix Hawkes, nine, Abigail Lewis, 11 and Grace Hooper, 10 with BBC Bitesize Presenter Jon Chase, R2JZero, actor Richard Stride and a Stormtrooper.

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PUPILS and staff at St John’s College in Southsea have bid a sad farewell to one of their longest-serving teachers.

Paul Charlton, 57, who has been at the school for 42 years as a pupil and later a science teacher, retired yesterday.

He first joined St John’s in 1965 where he earned a reputation as being a talented sportsman and keen choirboy.

Among some of his roles with the school choir he played Bill Sykes in the 1971 school production of Oliver! and later took the lead in The King and I.

After a degree at Durham University, Mr Charlton returned to the school to teach physics, chemistry and maths, as well as DT, religious studies and games.

He said: ‘For me, my time as a teacher at St John’s has been all about the pupils.

‘I feel so privileged to have been involved in moulding the minds of so many children. I have such happy memories of the school – both as a pupil and as a teacher.’

Headteacher Graham Best added: ‘Paul will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. We wish him a long and happy retirement.’