Long-serving John teaches last lesson

It's been great: Staff bid farewell to teacher John Allen who is leaving Hucklow Primary School after 32 years.                      PICTURE: STEVE PARKIN.
It's been great: Staff bid farewell to teacher John Allen who is leaving Hucklow Primary School after 32 years. PICTURE: STEVE PARKIN.
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A POPULAR teacher has put the cap on his marking pen for the final time - after more than 30 years at the same school.

John Allen is to leave Hucklow Primary School in Firth Park, Sheffield, for the last time tomorrow.

He first walked through its gates 32 years ago as a mature student, and has seen generations of children pass through his classroom since.

Dad John, aged 59, from Sheffield, said: “Sometimes I can say to pupils, ‘I taught your mum’, and I’m just getting to the point where I can say, ‘I taught your granddad’ - that’s why I’m retiring!

“The children are absolutely brilliant and they always have been.

“It has been a fantastic school to be part of, the pupils give everything and are so polite.

“I’m feeling a mix of emotions at the moment - glad I’ll have more spare time, but a bit of sadness I’m leaving a good school.”

John started teaching teenagers at the middle school and, when it merged, switched to Year One, teaching much younger children.

There were 23 staff at the school then and now there are nearly 60.

A world of changes in education have also taken place and John, who has also worked in the community especially with school football, has many memories from over the years.

He said: “When I first started here, for example. the last remnants of corporal punishment were dying out - a lot has changed.”

John will now be able to spend more time working as secretary of the Sheffield Schools Football Association and taking his two gundogs out at leisure in the mornings - without one eye on the clock.

The school held a leaving tea party, special assembly and a buffet for all departing staff, of whom John was the longest-standing.

He said: “I’d like to thank the staff who’ve been supportive throughout my time. We’ve always come together and supported each other and the children for everything.”