PUPILS and staff at a Spen school are mourning the death of a highly respected and dedicated teacher.
Allan Giles, who taught resistant materials at Spen Valley Sports College, died suddenly on Thursday February 2.
He joined the school following the amalgamation of Heckmondwike and Liversedge Secondary Moderns in 1993 and was the last remaining teacher from the Heckmondwike school at Spen Valley Sports College.
He taught at both schools for a total of nearly 23 years.
Headteacher Toby Eastaugh said he had made a significant contribution to Spen Valley Sports College both as a teacher, friend and colleague.
“Allan was a lovely man and a very popular member of staff who will have taught many people in the local area over the last three decades,” he said.
“Away from school, he was father to three boys aged 21, 19 and 17 and thoroughly enjoyed outdoor living.
“He had a passion for skiing – he led the school’s skiing trip for 17 years – and spent much of his leisure time walking and cycling.
‘Allan was a very kind, caring man. He had a common sense approach towards school life and countless students and staff benefited from his significant experience as a teacher.
“He was at his best in the workshop, paperwork was of far less interest to Allan than the success of children and their enjoyment of learning.
“It is sad that alongside losing Allan as a person, the school has also said goodbye to the last remaining teacher who transferred from Heckmondwike Secondary Modern school to join the newly formed Spen Valley High in 1993.
“Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with Allan’s family and friends at this time.”
Mr Giles leaves a wife, Pauline, and his three sons. A group of pupils and staff will pay their respects at his funeral service on Wednesday at 1pm at Baildon Methodist Church.