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Teachers bid farewell after more than 51 years of combined service

30 July

Teachers bid farewell after more than 51 years of combined service

Two of Bexhill College's longest-serving members of staff have recently announced their retirements, after having worked there for over two decades each.

Health and Social Care teacher Harriet Eldridge joined the College 22 years ago, at the old site, having had a successful career in nursing. Upon leaving school, Harriet trained as a State Registered Nurse (SRN) and midwife at Kings College Hospital, London. She worked in hospitals in London as well as a period in Israel, before moving to the Buchanan Hospital in Hastings. Harriett spent a lot of her nursing career teaching. After having her own family, Harriet set up and ran parent and toddler groups locally as well as being a Governor of her children's school.

She has held a wide range of roles. As well as a teacher, Harriet has been a Head of Section. She led her section to gain Grade 1 in the 2010 inspection. She has made a fantastic contribution to the College over the years and has educated hundreds of young people, inspiring many of them to go into the caring industry.

Nigel Forster joined the College in September 1990, 29 years ago, having recently completed his PhD at Keele University.

As well as a teacher of History, Nigel was a subject lead in the area. Over the years, Nigel has established himself as somewhat of a legend amongst students. Nigel has taught hundreds of students, who have benefitted from his knowledge and expertise. Those taught by him have been inspired by his level of knowledge and dedication to his subject. For many, he brought history alive and his unique delivery engaged many students.

Harriet and Nigel cannot be thanked enough for their long-serving careers at Bexhill College, and we wish them a happy retirement.

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