Holsworthy Community College

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By Bude People | Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:00

SEVEN members of staff at Holsworthy Community College said goodbye at the end of term, having altogether clocked up nearly 100 years there.

Fran Goldthorp, maths teacher and Head of Year 11, started her career in 1972 as a PE teacher in Buckinghamshire. After having two boys, she returned to the profession as a maths teacher.

She joined the staff at Holsworthy Community College in January 2003 and took on responsibility as a Head of Year the following September.

In retirement she is looking forward to pursuing her hobbies of swimming, walking and playing bowls, starting with a swim between the Scilly Islands at the end of July.

She also intends to visit her grandchildren in Barcelona a lot more.

Geoff Forster began his teaching career in 1974 at Manor Park School in the east end of Newcastle. He transferred to Holsworthy Community College in 1980 as a chemistry teacher.

In retirement he plans to pursue his interests with Holsworthy Moorland Training Group, Holsworthy Amateur Radio Club and St John Ambulance, but at a much slower pace.

Ian Seager has taken early retirement after being at the college for five years — three of those years working full-time and two part-time.

He started at the school teaching information communication technology, design and technology and maths and has concentrated on ICT since becoming Head of Department four years ago. He has been a teacher for 16 years.

Prior to that Ian was an architect in London. Wanting to escape the rat race he retrained as a teacher at St Luke’s School of Education in Exeter in the early 1990s.

Josie Axford has worked for Devon County Council for 30 years. She spent 10 years at Holsworthy Primary School — four years as a mealtime assistant and six years as a teaching assistant — before moving to Holsworthy Community College. She has worked at the college for 20 years as a teaching assistant.

Josie has always enjoyed working with young people, many of whom are now grown up and still speak to her when they meet. In retirement she will be spending more time with her family, especially her six grandsons.

Peter Bumby who started his teaching career in 1972 in Hertfordshire, was vice principal at the college from January 1983 until July 2006.

He then retired from teaching but remained at the college working as the data manager.

He has worked with three different principals during his time at the college and has seen many changes, not least to the size of the establishment.

He is now retiring for good and, with his wife, who is also retiring from her teaching post at Launceston College, is looking forward to travelling, improving his golf swing and being able to relax a little.

Zoe Cox joined Holsworthy Community College as a volunteer in the library and resources area in 1998 and the following year became a permanent member of staff in the school office.

Over the past 11 years the work in the office has expanded considerably. More recently, Zoe took on the role of office manager.

She said she had thoroughly enjoyed being part of the daily life at the college and had found it a really friendly place to work.

For the last few years she has been a regular member of the school-based Embers Jazz Band and plans to continue her association during retirement.

Being an “outsider”, firstly from the South East and at present from Bude, she has also gained great pleasure from becoming involved in the local community of Holsworthy.

James Grill has been at Holsworthy College for six years.

During that time he has set up and run the surf club, coached the football and cricket sides, acted as co-ordinator of Numeracy Across the Curriculum, and been second in charge of maths before becoming acting Head of Maths.

He said he had enjoyed the friendly environment and enjoyed seeing the performance of the Mathematics Department reach the top 20 per cent in the country.

James will be enjoying a year’s sabbatical travelling from Los Angeles overland to Santiago, Chile, with his partner, Kate, and a surfboard.



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