Former Great Yarmouth teacher Valerie Watson dies at age of 68

Valerie Watson has died at the age of 68. Picture: The Watson family

Valerie Watson has died at the age of 68. Picture: The Watson family

A former teacher who spent 30 years in classrooms in the Great Yarmouth area has died after a two-year battle with cancer.

Valerie and Geoff Watson on their family day. Picture: The Watson family

Valerie and Geoff Watson on their family day. Picture: The Watson family

Valerie Watson, who died at the age of 68 on July 18, had taught at Blofied Primary, St Nicholas Priory, Caister First and Southtown First schools.

Mrs Watson trained as a teacher from 1967 and specialised in dramatic arts and English.

She had attended Sir John Leman High School in Beccles until leaving to work as an undermatron in a boarding school in Taverham and then briefly at a primary school in Blofield before leaving in 1967 to train as a teacher at West Midlands College, Walsall.

She then worked briefly at St Nicholas Priory School before joining her future husband Geoff, who she had met at college, in India where he was working as a volunteer as an English teacher.

Upon returning to this country, they married in Ormesby St Margaret.

Mrs Watson immediately returned to work at St Nicholas Priory in order to start a family.

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She stopped full-time teaching, but continued to work in the evenings in adult education, as well as working with children learning English as a second language along with further spells at St Nicholas Priory.

Returning to full-time education she taught at Caister First School, working in particular with children with special needs and then at Southtown First School helping children with language development problems.

In 2007 she retired to care for her elderly and ailing mother and then she and her husband, who taught at Caister High School for 30 years, moved to Sussex.

She is survived by her husband, three children, Kate, Stephen and Peter, and four grandchildren, Amelie, Zach, Illy and Harvey.

Her husband said: 'Valerie was a teacher who spent the vast majority of her working life in schools in the Great Yarmouth area. Throughout her long career locally she was highly regarded by her pupils, parents, her colleagues. Her quiet, patient and organized approach made her well appreciated and popular where she worked.

'Her life was strongly influenced by a deep Christian faith and her concern for social justice inspired her continued involvement in the ongoing life of her local church.'

Her funeral is being held today in Crowborough, Sussex.

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