Tributes to ‘ car­ing’ teacher who went the ex­tra mile for pupils

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourviews - By Stephenbriggs

Tributes have been paid to a teacher whowent the ex­tra mile to help pupils at the Peter­bor­ough spe­cial school where he worked. Ter­ryGrif­fithsworkedas­deputy head teacher at Marsh­fields School in East­ern Close, Dogsthorpe, for a num­ber of years, where­he­was­know­nasa pop­u­lar and­hard- work­ing­mem­bers of staff.

The school has pupils aged from 11 to 19 who have spe­cial needs, and peo­ple who paid trib­ute to Mr Grif­fiths spoke of his car­ing at­ti­tude to the young­sters, as well as his de­sire to help all of the pupils at the school.

He died in De­cem­ber, and Bernard Dempsey, whose son went­totheschool, lead­thetributes to Mr Grif­fiths.

MrDempsey­said­here­mem­beredMrGrif­fith’shard­workat the school.

He­said:“I have­knownTerry since 2002 which was the year my son started at Marsh­fields School and I have had con­tact with him even af­ter we left Peter­bor­ough and moved out of the area in 2008.

“Ter­ry­wa­sex­treme­ly­de­voted to Marsh­fields and their pu- pils and was still work­ing up to and af­ter 8pm most evenings.”

Mr Dempsey added that dur­ing his time at the school Mr Grif­fiths had a big im­pact on his son.

He said: “He was an ex­tremely ded­i­cated teacher who went far and be­yond what you would­ex­pect fro­matu­tor andI would­saythatTer­ryper­son­ally hadahugeim­pacton­help­ingto make­myson­they­oun­gadulthe is to­day.

“My son was not aca­dem­i­cally mindedan­dac­tu­al­ly­hated school but Terry worked hard on­thething­she­did­like­andthis all helped to en­sure that he is in full time em­ploy­ment to­day.

“I know that Marsh­fields wasn’t aoneteach­er­schooland it had other very good teach­ers but in my opin­ion few gave the time and­de­vo­tion to the school an­dit­spupil­sthatTer­ry­di­dand he will be sadly missed.”

Coun­cil­lor John Holdich, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber­forE­d­u­ca­tion, Skills and Univer­sity, of­fered con­do­lences to Mr Grif­fiths’ fam­ily, and said he had done a lot of work to help pupils at the school, as well as be­ing known for his car­ing na­ture.

Cllr Holdich said: “I knowhe ha­da­tremen­dous­rep­u­ta­tionin the school.

“He was a very car­ing and pro­fes­sional per­son who the kids all loved.”

Jonathan Lewis, the coun­cil’s as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for ed­u­ca­tion and re­sources, also paid trib­ute to Mr Grif­fiths.

He said: “I would like to of­fer my sin­cere con­do­lences to Terry’s fam­ily and friends fol­low­ing this tragic news.”

Terry Grif­fiths with pupils lead­ing a so- called “walking bus” , above left, and MrGrif­fiths, above right.

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