TitleMrs Dorothy Best (nee Smith) (1938 - 2022), Special Educational Needs Teacher, Sheffield
AdminHistoryMrs Dorothy Best (nee Smith) (1938 - 2022) was educated at St Helena Girls High School in Chesterfield and then trained as a teacher at St Katherine's College, Liverpool between 1956 and 1957.

Miss Dorothy Smith (as she was then known) was appointed assistant teacher at Arbouthorne Infants’ School, Sheffield In January 1958. In January 1960, she left Arbourthorne Infants to take up a role as assistant teacher at Park Infants School and Juniors School, Shirebrook, Derbyshire. Dorothy Smith married Thomas Best in Chesterfield in 1961. Mrs Best left Park Infants and Juniors School following the birth of her first son in 1962. She had a second son born in 1965 and she undertook supply teaching work in various parts of North-East Derbyshire until both her own sons were at school. She was then employed as an assistant teacher at Brampton Infants School, Chesterfield, from September 1969 - July 1972.

Mrs Best undertook an in-service training course for ‘Teachers of Maladjusted Children’, offered by the City of Sheffield Education Committee, in Autumn 1972, during which she worked at Todwick Grange School, Shirle Hill School and Broad Elms in Sheffield. Following the course, in January 1973 she was appointed assistant teacher at the newly opened Deerlands Special School, Sheffield where she remained up until her retirement c. 1997.

Whilst working as a Special Needs Teacher at Deerlands Special School, Mrs Best also undertook a diploma between 1980 - 1981 at Sheffield Polytechnic in teaching those with learning difficulties.

Mrs Dorothy Best lived with her family at Cloonmore Drive, Norton, Sheffield.
DescriptionPapers concerning Mrs Best's teaching career, mainly relating to her training as a Special Educational Needs teacher and work at Deerlands Special School, Sheffield.
Date1956 - [c. 1992]
Extent7 items
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CustodialHistoryDonated to Sheffield City Archives in Jul 2022 by son of the subject, Mrs Dorothy Best
AcquisitionSourceDonated to Sheffield City Archives in Jul 2022 by son of the subject, Mrs Dorothy Best
ArchNoteCatalogue prepared by Tim Knebel, Aug 2022
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