Former Bitterne Park headteacher remembered

Barri Hurford Jones supplied600pxUpdated: Tributes have been paid to a former head of Bitterne Park School.


Article continues after this message...

Barri Hurford-Jones, pictured, died on December 19, at what his son Gareth described as the “grand age of 91”.

“He will be missed by us all and he spoke fondly many times over the years of his years at Bitterne Park working with fabulous students, teachers and parents,” said Gareth.

He taught at the school between 1974 and 1990.

He went on to become a sports journalist, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Barri Hurford Jones supplied600px

A spokesperson for Bitterne Park School said: “We are sorry to hear of the passing of Barri Hurford-Jones, a former Bitterne Park School Headteacher. Barri was well liked by teachers, students and the BPS community. We are sending our thoughts to his family and friends at this sad time.”

Mr Hurford-Jones passed away surrounded by his family after a short period in hospital.

Update 24/1/23

Following publication a number of readers posted their own tributes on social media. Here's a selection:

On our Facebook page Helen Andrews said: "Such a wonderful man. Many hours spent in conversation while I was a student. And many hours singing together too. RIP Sir."

Steven Caulton commented: "What a shame, he was such a friendly and enthusiastic headmaster….. always used to talk about Wales and sailing".

And on Twitter @KittyCat34 wrote: "He was a fantastic headteacher. He left the same year as I finished school and I always remember thinking that the school would be very different without him."

You can read more comments on our Facebook page.

We're reader powered! Please help us keep publishing today...

Our local news is currently free to view, but not to produce. Join people just like you who already chip in to keep our site going by becoming a 'Good Friend' supporter for just £2.99 a month - or more if you can.

Use the subscribe button below using a debit or credit card securely via PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account - just use the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card' option, when you click the 'Subscribe' button below, on the next screen. There's no obligation to open a PayPal account. Or use your existing PayPal account if you prefer. Or even better, contact us to set up a standing order so we get all your sub rather than PayPal taking a percentage.

Click here for other options/to set up a standing order - and help us keep on keeping on.

It's appreciated!

Subcription Options


Alternatively make a one-off donation here - you don't need a PayPal account for this option either.