Tributes to Cathedral Academy, Wakefield, teacher Mr Griffiths

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A SCHOOL has paid tribute to a much-loved science teacher who has lost his battle with a brain tumour.

Cathedral Academy teacher Glyn Griffiths, 58, died last Wednesday.

He had been teaching for 35 years and previously worked at Horbury High School.

Staff have described him as “a pleasure” to know and work with, while children will miss his “exciting” experiments.

He leaves behind wife of 17 years Gill and two younger brothers.

Blue Smith, head of science at Cathedral Academy, said: “If something went bang in science it was usually Glyn with 30 excited children.

“He will definitely be missed at Cathedral.

“Glyn was a big character and was one of the old school, he was always thinking of new ways to inspire Cathedral pyramid junior school children in his lessons where he wanted to show them some exciting Science.”

Mr Griffiths was born in Castleford and lived in Ackworth.

His hobbies included films, reading, history, cooking and Rugby Union.

He started teaching in 1977 and spent 14 years at Minsthorpe Community College, with half of that time spent as head of biology.

He then took a break from teaching and worked as a training consultant for Admiral Training before spells at various schools, including Horbury High School.

During his ten years at Cathedral Academy, he became well known for his experiments during science lessons and even stepped into the shoes of Santa during a Christmas Craft Fair.

Keith Worrall, advanced skills teacher coordinator for the council, said: “Although a science teacher, Glynn had a real passion for history and we frequently spent time chatting about historical issues.

“As a lasting legacy he recently gave a number of reference books to me which will be used in school by history pupils for years to come.”

His funeral will take place at Pontefract Crematorium on Wednesday, May 16, at 10.40am, followed by a celebration of his life.