The 60th anniversary of former pupil and teacher Mr Keith Caulkin’s association with Blue Coat School was celebrated by the Liverpool Echo, with a full page interview by senior journalist Bill Gleeson.
Mr Caulkin, who is President of the Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues Association, and remains very visible in the School as a volunteer in the Development Office, told Bill Gleeson that he first came to Blue Coat as a pupil in 1958, with his twin brother Cyril, who sadly passed away two years ago.
After Mr Caulkin left the School, he read Physics at Manchester University, achieving a First and a Masters. He revealed that just having a science degree back then was deemed enough to enter the profession. He began teaching at King David’s School, but wishing to hone his skills he then took a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education). A social meeting with his former physics teacher Dai Davies resulted in being practically hired on the spot for Blue Coat.
“It was like coming home,” said Mr Caulkin, who remained at the School for 41 years and became one of our most popular and highly regarded members of staff.
One of his many experiences in the constantly changing education world was the School’s switch from single sex boys’ school to co-education in 1989. He told Bill Gleeson: “The presence of girls has boosted exam results and brought about an improvement in the behaviour of boys.”
After retirement from teaching two years ago, Mr Caulkin was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace for his services to the profession. However, he still organises the School’s participation in the British Physics Olympiad, a prestigious Oxford University competition. This has resulted in Blue Coat students achieving four Gold Awards and four places reading Physics at Oxford University in four years. For light relief, he also runs the School’s Badminton Club.
His continuing voluntary work in the Development Office plays a big part in vital matters such as fund-raising. He said: “They wanted me here because of my history with the School. I’ve taught so many students and am still in contact with so many of them. I’ve enjoyed it, I’m richly blessed. It’s just wonderful.”
On Saturday 13th October we are holding a special celebration to mark Mr Caulkin’s longstanding connection with The Blue Coat School. To confirm your attendance please contact the Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.