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Jan 29

Camp Hill was sad to learn that Mike Southworth, who taught at the school for 50 years, died on 29 January 2020.

The funeral has been arranged for Monday 2nd March at 1pm at St Alphege Church in Solihull. There will be a cremation beforehand at the crematorium at 12pm for family and close friends only.

There will be an occasion at Camp Hill Boys on a Saturday afternoon during the summer term when the Camp Hill community, including Mike’s family, will come together at the school to remember Mike and to celebrate all that he brought to the school.  I will post the date for that, as soon as it is fixed, on this web page.

Mike Southworth, who taught at Camp Hill Boys for 50 years and continued to direct drama at the school even after retiring from classroom teaching died on 29 January 2020. Mike was a superb history teacher and Head of Department. Working with Mike was a privilege; despite the many blocks he’d been around, he treated all staff, from NQT to vastly experienced, with the same modesty, kindness, generosity, courtesy and respect. His enthusiasm, cheerfulness and positive outlook didn’t show any wear even as he neared the end of his extraordinary career. His sparkling wit was always a delight to the Common Room. The Chronicle article which Alistair Bulloch wrote about him when Mike stopped teaching in 2016 can be viewed here.

Alex Wood left Camp Hill to study History at Oxford in 2012 and is now editor of WhatsonStage (WoS) in London’s theatre-land. He recently penned this tribute to Mr Southworth.

Book of Condolences

If you would like to view or leave an entry in memory of Mr Southworth then please follow this link.