Mr. John Head who died in September 1945 was a member of staff at the Sheffield Pupil Teacher Centre from 1899 to 1937.
He was pre-eminently a
teacher. He loved his work and he did it very efficiently. His chief pride
was not in the brilliant students who brought honours to the School (although
he always rejoiced in their success), but in the boys and girls who, with
little mathematical ability, under his careful and patient teaching succeeded
in passing the examinations necessary for their career.
In the early days, when
all the pupils were preparing for the teaching profession, he always kept
that fact well in mind. He not only used excellent methods, but frequently
turned aside to call the attention of the budding teachers who were already
practising their art in the schools of the city, to the various methods
that could be employed. Hundreds of teachers now at work all over the country
owes much of their knowledge of the best ways to train children in arithmetic
and mathematics to John Head.
He believed in, and practised,
strict discipline; but if a student was in any kind of trouble and turned
to him, he always listened sympathetically and gave any help and advice
that he possibly could.
As a colleague he was
loyal and stimulating. He had opinions which he held firmly, and many were
the warm arguments in the Staff Room, but they held firmly, and many were
the warm arguments in the Staff Room, but they were never acrimonious and
he always retained the affection and esteem of us all.
No account of John Head's
interests would be complete without a reference to his love of gardening.
When he had the oversight of the playing field at High Storrs, it was beautifully
kept and was a model for all such fields in the district. Those who used
it will remember the charm of the flower beds in front of the pavilion.
His advice and help to any of the staff or students who were interested
in gardening was invaluable.
Whenever there was a special
function at the School, even after his retirement, he always brought sheaves
of his own beautiful flowers to adorn the place.
He has gone from us, but he has the greatest reward a teacher can have; he still lives in the affection and memory of hundreds of former pupils who remember with gratitude what John Head did for them