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School mourns as teacher, 58, dies suddenly

Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A long-serving teacher at Wolverhampton Girls' High School has died suddenly at the age of 58.

Tributes were today flooding in for Patrick Royston, a languages teacher at Wolverhampton Girls' High School.

Mr Royston had worked at the school for 33 years and was today described as "well-loved and well-respected" by headteacher Trudi Young.

Recently being promoted to Subject Lead for Classics, the 58-year-old was a graduate of Pembroke College in Oxford where he studied Latin and French.

Mrs Young paid tribute to Mr Royston, and said: "Patrick was a dedicated member of staff who played a full and active role in all aspects of school life.

"He was our longest serving member of staff and had the honour of cutting the centenary cake at the school's celebrations last year."

She added: "He was a knowledgeable man who inspired many students with his teaching. Over the years he taught Classical Civilisation, French and Latin. He was instrumental in setting up French exchanges and played an active role in these events, often hosting visitors from our partner school."

Mrs Young said Mr Royston was a committed member of the Friends' Association and he always supported extra curricular events at school. His appearances in the school's Sixth Form Review/Christmas entertainment were much appreciated by the students of the school and will be fondly remembered."

Outside of school Mr Royston collected antique books. He was also a regular church goer attending Beckminster Methodist Church.

Mrs Young added: "He will be sadly missed by students, staff, parents and governors; past and present. Our sincere condolences are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

On social networking site Twitter, past and present pupils also paid tribute. Isobel Allen wrote: "'Legend' is actually the only word to describe that man. so many brilliant memories from his lessons. inspirational, hilarious mr royston!!" Sabrita Dale added: "The first teacher to see any potential in me."

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