Pupils at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery in Lower Parkstone, unveiled a plaque in memory of the former caretaker and his wife who worked at the school for a combined 30 years.  

Mr Alan John worked as the school’s caretaker and his wife Heather was the office manager. Heather passed away in 2010 and Alan died in 2013.

Iain Robertson, headmaster at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery, said: “Alan and Heather were the spirits of Buckholme and they both played a huge part in making it the place we know and love today. Every morning when the children arrived, the pupils’ laughter would echo around the playground and you always knew it was because Alan was chasing them and winding them up into frenzy.

“Heather was a great inspiration to the children and we even had a trophy named after her – ‘The Heather John Can-Do Cup’. She would always put 100 per cent into every task and if she didn’t know how to do something, she would always find out how.” Heather had many roles at the school including school nurse, office manager and assistant to the headmaster.

Buckholme Towers School and Nursery on Commercial Road provides education for children from two years and nine months to 11 years old.