Tributes pour in for teacher, 36

Kevin Leedham with two year 9 puils on a field trip to the Derbyshire Moors last year.
Kevin Leedham with two year 9 puils on a field trip to the Derbyshire Moors last year.

Thousands of people have paid tribute following the death of a much loved and respected maths teacher.

Kevin Leedham, 36, died of a brain tumour with his mother Pauline, father Bob and brother Robert beside him at Calderdale Royal Hospital just after 11am on Wednesday.

Mr Leedham, who lived in Copley, Halifax, was also a Year 11 form tutor at Park Lane Learning Trust. Before that he taught at the Ridings School.

He was diagnosed with the tumour in July.

He leaves behind a seven-year-old daughter, Grace.

Steve Taylor, headteacher at Park Lane Learning Trust, said: “Kevin was an outstanding maths teacher who had a brilliant, creative approach to learning.

“He was well loved by the children who respected what he wanted to do for them and the support he gave them.

“Kevin was immensley popular in the staff room too. Around a third of our staff would say he was a close friend, and I would put myself in that category.”

Mr Taylor held an assembly at the school on Wednesday morning to inform pupils of Mr Leedham’s passing and the school will hold a remembrance ceremony in the near future.

A Facebook page created in his memory has already seen well over a thousand visitors.

Lucy Callaghan wrote: “You were the best teacher I have had. You will be missed by everyone. You were amazing in every way, you always made maths fun.”

Jan Sloane, wrote: “A wonderful young man who was a credit to his family and obviously loved by many.”

Funeral details are yet to be announced.