Plaudits as top Morecambe teachers retire

Outgoing Morecambe Community High School teachers John McNaughton and Alan Alker.
Outgoing Morecambe Community High School teachers John McNaughton and Alan Alker.

Two of the town’s most popular teachers have been given an emotional send-off .

John McNaughton and Alan Alker were honoured at a prize giving at Morecambe Community High School in their final week before both retired from teaching.

Pupils Tom Needham, Eve Hargreaves, Ellie Cozens and Amy Lawton gave speeches thanking Mr McNaughton, the outgoing head teacher at Morecambe High, and Mr Alker, who has taught at the school since 1978.

Mr McNaughton was praised for bringing the school together, instilling a sense of community and pride in the students, and for unwavering support of all pupils - particularly during inter-school sports competitions and in the performing arts.

Mr McNaughton, 60, began his teaching career in 1978 and took over as head at Morecambe in April 2007.

Pupils also paid tribute to him in the school magazine, with Lois Huntington saying: “Mr McNaughton isn’t just any head teacher - he’s the best!”

Ellie Cozens said: “I don’t think there could be a more kind-hearted, appreciative and brilliant person running the school.”

Assistant head Mr Alker, 60, who was originally a PE and Games teacher and later taught Geography, was hailed for his larger-than-life personality, sense of humour and sage advice to generations of Morecambe children.

The new head teacher at Morecambe Community High School, Matt Auger, will take over when the school reopens in September.