St John’s School teacher remembered

Alison Foster, who taught at St John's School for 26 years

Alison Foster, who taught at St John's School for 26 years - Credit: Archant

A teacher of 26 years was remembered in a service at St John’s School that will see the library renamed in her honour.

Current and past students and parents gathered in the chapel to pay tribute to Alison Foster, who died in January.

Headmaster Simon Larter quoted Albert Einstein, saying: “‘It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge’ – accept that, and you get a lot closer to what Alison Foster was about and what she gave in her 26 years of experience to this school.

“She was an educator who provided her students with structure, clear guidelines and the ambition to realise their potential.”

He said that Mrs Foster was keen to promote the basic blocks of numeracy and literacy, and proud that she was ‘old school,’ but was also proactive in adjusting to the new Key Stage One curriculum.


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Rebecca Colwill, the head of junior school, described her as a loyal, stoic supporter of the school who would, quite often to her detriment, put the interests of her students ahead of her own welfare.

The library is being renamed the Alison Foster Library in her memory, to celebrate her love of books and her dramatic impact at the school.

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