Happy Retirement Mr Beach!

Happy Retirement Mr Beach!

Charlton School marked the 1st anniversary of being in their new school with the unveiling of a sculpture that remembers the history of Charlton.

After 54 years on the Severn Drive site, Staff and students moved over to a brand new building on Apley Avenue in June 2016.  To mark this event a competition was set to design a sculpture, using up to 54 bricks from Severn Drive, for the new school site.

A prize of 54 pounds was given to the successful student with the winning design. A former Charlton student was chosen to construct the sculpture. Ryan Stevens has a lot of experience in Specialist and Bespoke Brickwork. In May 2015, he won the World Skills UK National Bricklaying competition which secured him a place in Team UK, in August 2015, he and the rest of Team UK flew out to São Paulo Brazil to represent the UK at Bricklaying in the World Skills Final. After 4 days of competition, he secured a title as the 6th Best under 25 Bricklayer in the World.

As well as celebrating the move to the new site, it was an opportunity to recognise the work of the schools longest serving teacher as he retires after 39 years at Charlton.  Andrew Beach was appointed to the position of Head of RE at Charlton School on 1st January 1978.

During the 39 years Mr Beach taught RE, History, Geography and worked closely with the SEN Department. He became the Careers teacher for the school alongside developing the Media Resources Centre. Later taking the role of Head of Humanities and Assistant Headteacher. Andrew also worked closely with the Local Authority Advisory Service.

Andrew said “Over the past 39 years that I have worked at Charlton School I feel that the main changes have come from outside influences such as local catchment area, use of technology, social mobility and the expectations of Government, society, parents or employers. For me, the ways in which you talk to a student, inspire them, relate to them and make a difference to them in their lives has not really changed that much. I have always held on to three words that a former colleague from my early days of teaching in Gloucestershire gave me – ‘know your students’. It also helps to have a sense of humour. Many practical jokes have been played on staff and students alike. One involved setting up several diversions to the school paths due to an imaginary water burst. Chaos was caused that day and the culprits, who were much amused, were never caught!

Charlton School is a very special place to work. An Ofsted HMI once remarked that the school feels very much like a family that cares. That quality has remained solid over the years that the school has existed”.

Mr Andrew McNaughton, Principal, said “Mr Beach has been an integral part of the success of Charlton School, he has impacted on many lives in our community. He has remained a role model to all staff over the 39 years and has supported many colleagues to develop their own practise.  It has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with Andrew this academic year and we all wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.”