Earliest days at Collett School
By Brian Capper
I was appointed to Collett School as a teacher in 1964. It was my first appointment in a special school. I remained in special education until my retirement in 1995 from the post of Adviser for Special Needs in West Sussex.
I taught a class in the junior department at Collett, learned so much from the Headteacher, Sydney Barnsley, Helen Goddard, the deputy and Glyn Jones the original teacher employed to teach the starter unit in a local primary school.
I was grateful to be seconded for a year to Cambridge Institute of Education to gain further qualifications in special education, and soon after was appointed Deputy head at Colnbrook School before being appointed to the Headship of Ruggetts School in East Hertfordshire.
Collett had been good for me and it was a great pleasure to return sometime in the late 1990s to head an Ofsted inspection team. The school did very well and it was fascinating for me to return 30 years after I had left to find the boxes of cricket equipment with my writing on them listing the contents.
I enjoyed my time at Collett immensely, worked with some great children and gained an enthusiasm for teaching children with special educational needs that I have never lost. I hope that the children I have taught have had similar encouragement.