Ex-English Teacher Lorene Camy Passes Away

25th January 2021


We are sad to announce that Mrs Lorene Camy, a former teacher at Westcliff High School for Girls, passed away suddenly on 12th January 2021, aged 77 years.

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Lorene Camy taught at Westcliff High School for Girls from 1982 until she retired in 2001.  She was employed as a Teacher of English and Head of the Lower School.  Lorene was very highly regarded by both staff and students, and comments from staff who knew her very well are detailed below:

“I worked with Lorene from when I joined the school in 1995 to her departure in the summer of 2001.  Lorene was a truly lovely person, a devoted mother and grandmother, gifted English teacher, efficient manager and loyal, supportive friend; it was a blessing to have known and worked with such a special colleague and friend.  She had a mischievous sense of humour which provided lively entertainment for the department.  While I understood entirely her reasons for early retirement, I was devastated to lose her.  We are often told that we are not irreplaceable in our jobs - but this was certainly not true of her.  Students and colleagues were poorer for her absence. Her subject knowledge, and more importantly her ability to share it and to provoke independent thought and lively discussion, were outstanding.  She was a leading light in a department praised by Ofsted for its "infectious enthusiasm" for its subject.”

“I have very fond memories of Lorene during her time as a teacher and Head of Lower School at Westcliff High School for Girls.  She was an inspiration to all of us, staff and pupils alike and everyone appreciated her guidance and empathy. She had a 'happy go lucky' manner but serious at the same time and I shall never forget her smile and laughter.  It was a sad day when she left us and hopefully she had many good years in retirement with her children.  Rest in peace Lorene you will be sadly missed by us all.”

“Lorene was much loved by staff and students alike and legend has it she used to make the girls hot chocolate if they were upset.”

“Lorene was a much loved person who was very supportive to both staff and pupils”

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