Fair-well wishes for PE stalwart

Retiring PE teacher Ann Riley, of Millhouses, who intends to master the game of golf now she has more time on her hands.
Retiring PE teacher Ann Riley, of Millhouses, who intends to master the game of golf now she has more time on her hands.
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Ann Riley is looking forward to life on the golf course - after 41 years teaching PE at the same Sheffield secondary.

It was an emotional time for Ann as she said goodbye to friends and colleagues at Tapton School, which has been almost a second home since 1972.

Ann, who originally hails from York, took up her first post at the Crosspool secondary after completing her teacher training - and never left.

“I have just been extremely happy there - it’s a school with great pupils and great staff,” she said at her home in Derriman Avenue, Millhouses.

“I’ve loved seeing the children achieve all sorts of successes and there have been lots of highs, such as our badminton team which was the second best in England.”

Tapton was a very different school in the early 1970s.

It began life as a secondary modern with just 600 pupils. Now it is one of the city’s leading academies with 1,600 students.

“When I began at Tapton we had a young man who was winning all sorts of sports trophies - by the name of Sebastian Coe, who was in his fifth year then,” Ann said.

“I remember him watching the Munich Olympics in the school hall. We had Sheffield athletes like John and Sheila Sherwood taking part and Seb was saying ‘it could be me’.

“He came back to see us last year when the Olympic torch came through the city and it was a superb day.”

Ann has taught a wide range of sports, including hockey and netball but always enjoyed racquet games like badminton and tennis most.

She’s also been keen to work with children from Tapton’s family of primary schools, including Hallam, Lydgate and Netherthorpe.

Ann added: “It was very emotional and quite sad to finally leave the school but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I will be keeping up some of my contacts.

“I’ve taken up golf, I’m enjoying that and I’m looking forward to getting my handicap down.”

Ann, who went to a teacher training college in County Durham, said there was more to PE and sport than just success at school.

She said: “It is about introducing young people to something they will enjoy doing later in life, too.”