Final school bell for teachers

AFTER spending more than 60 years in the classroom, teachers John ‘Walt’ Howorth and Janet Stewart taught their final lessons at Minsthorpe Community College on Friday.

Mr Howorth, 55, started teaching sociology and English at the college in 1984, and later specialised in social sciences.

After 28 years at the college he said: “I have many, many great memories of the students over the years, some of whom I am still in touch with.”

And he made an impact on the students, some of whom set up the Mr Howorth Appreciation Society on Facebook.

Mr Howorth, who is from Doncaster, has taken early retirement to spend time with family.

Mrs Stewart, 55, who is also from Doncaster, worked at the school for 35 years, initially as a PE teacher, and went on to do many other roles.

She said she would miss the students and colleagues, but will spend her time travelling with her husband.

Principal John Gregory said each had made their own stamp on the school.

He said: “Jan has nurtured and encouraged so many young people through the school and was calm but determined to do the very best for her students.

“And John approached his work with imagination, intelligence and industry and combined sensitivity with firmness in dealing with young people.”