Former school headteacher ‘died peacefully’ aged 86

John Kilshaw
John Kilshaw

One of the men involved in setting up the old St. Bede’s school in Boston has died, aged 86.

Former headteacher John Kilshaw (pictured) helped with countless major decisions when the Catholic school opened in 1967, and went on to lead it for more than 20 years.

He died peacefully in his sleep last Monday, having recently celebrated his birthday.

Mr Kilshaw moved to Boston to step into the role of headteacher in 1966, following teaching jobs in Burton-on-Trent and Stafford.

He taught German, after initially teaching himself the language.

His daughter Julie Roy said he had many fond memories of his time at the school.

She told The Standard: “He just enjoyed being with the children.”

When he retired in 1989, Mr Kilshaw was awarded the Diocesan Medal for Services to Education by the Bishop of Nottingham.

St Bede’s Catholic Science College closed in 2011, and the site was taken over by Haven High Academy.

Mr Kilshaw’s funeral was due to take place in Eastbourne, where he moved last year.

A special service has been planned at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Boston on a date to be arranged.