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Speenhamland School

Speenhamland School

Mr Butcher's Retirement


Speenhamland school said goodbye to their long standing Caretaker Keith Butcher on the 2nd April by throwing a blue and white themed Retirement party in the school hall.  The blue and white theme was chosen as Keith is a loyal Reading FC supporter.  The hall was also decorated with bunting that had been made by every child in Speenhamland School sharing their memories of a much loved character.

Keith has worked at the school for 23½ years as a Caretaker as well as a Sports Coach.   He has seen many changes in the school and many generations of families come through the doors.   Keith has spent the last 23½ years keeping Speenhamland clean and safe and coaching many children, especially in football and preparing them for the cross country races.  

Keith’s love of sport and passion for participation is clear to see and the children’s messages reflect this.  

Not only has Keith been a very important part of school life at Speenhamland he also is well known in the local community.   His  involvement in many sporting events include; Newbury District Football Association indoor 5-a-side football, his support of the annual Quad Kids event; his fun soccer sessions on Saturday mornings which are infamous in the local area providing the opportunity for children of all ages and abilities as young as 3 to get in to football.  

Keith will be missed by the school.  Charlotte Wilson, Executive Headteacher for the Newbury Academy Trust said, “Keith is going to be greatly missed at Speenhamland and in our wider Trust.  He has worked tirelessly for the school and now it’s his turn to enjoy retirement, spend time with his family and relax by doing the things that he enjoys.  I know that he will find it difficult to keep away; he knows the door will always be open for a cup of tea and a chat”.