Mr Jeff Walker

After graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, Jeff Walker taught at two London grammar schools before joining RGS as Head of Physics in 1972. He soon made his mark on the department by installing raised platforms behind the teaching benches, providing remote controls for the wall-mounted video recorders, and always preferring to teach boys under the height of 4’11".

One of Jeff’s great strengths is his organisational skill. After many years of handling the problems raised by Nuffield A Level investigations and practical examinations, albeit with the assistance of three excellent laboratory technicians, Jeff has more recently coped admirably with endless syllabus changes, government initiatives and even flood damage. He has managed to deflect much of this from members of his department, while still finding time to contribute greatly to the department’s extensive supply of resource material. Always able to make his point forcefully and articulately, Jeff has done his utmost to ensure that his department operates successfully, by providing colleagues with the facilities and support needed to teach well. He has also willingly given his time to act as school representative for the ATL.

Jeff’s great love is amateur dramatics, and he has been a regular and highly talented member of ‘Fourways’ dramatic society for many years. His roles have covered the full range, from Shakespeare productions at Cliveden to pantomime villains at the Town Hall. He has also used this ability to good effect at RGS by directing a number of highly successful productions, ranging from ‘straight’ plays such as The Government Inspector to musicals like Guys and Dolls and Crazy for You. These shows will be long remembered by those who watched or performed in them.

His driving and navigational skills are legendary. He once took 5 hours to reach Birmingham, mainly due to his inability to overtake a milk float, and on one occasion managed to return to High Wycombe from a science outing in Radnage via Banbury. However, in recent summers he has undertaken the long drive to Siena accompanied by his long-suffering wife Eileen. These holidays have enabled him to indulge in his passion for gourmet food and to add to his already overflowing wine cellar.

Jeff intends to spend his well-earned retirement pursuing his love of acting, the theatre and the cinema. He is looking forward to watching endless repeats of Some like it Hot with a glass of Nuits St George in one hand, and his beloved remote control in the other. He leaves behind a department that regularly produces examination results on par with any school in the country, and his guidance and knowledge will be sorely missed.

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