PE teacher retires after 41 years at same school

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 took her first PE teaching post at Tapton 41 years ago - and never left.

One of her first pupils was a promising athlete called Sebastian Coe.

Now Ann has retired from the Crosspool secondary that has been her second home since she arrived from teacher training college.

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

Ann, originally from York, has seen the Darwin Lane school change from a secondary modern with 600 pupils to 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. 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, of Derriman Avenue, Millhouses, has taught a wide range of sports, but has always enjoyed racquet games like badminton and tennis most. She’s also been keen to work with Tapton’s family of primary schools, including Hallam, Lydgate and Netherthorpe.