Long-serving ex-head dies after illness

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A FORMER head teacher of Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, has died aged 80, after a long illness.

George Glendinning was appointed head teacher in 1971 and he retired in 1988.

He was originally from West Hartlepool in County Durham, and he graduated from Queens College, Cambridge in 1952 where he studied history, and then later Leeds in 1955, where he received his Masters in Education.

He taught in schools in Bradford, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire before arriving in Calderdale in 1971.

Mr Glendinning was a keen tennis and squash player, but also loved walking around the valleys and moorlands close to his home in Barkisland.

He died peacefully on January 17 at a nursing home in Cumbria, close to the village of Walton in which he had settled during his 70s.

He is survived by his wife, Beryl, children Alec, Robert, Tim and Catriona and grandchildren, James, Alasdair, Kirsty, Stephanie and Shaun.

Tim said it was always his father's ambition to run a big comprehensive school and he was very proud of Calder High. "During his retirement he looked back very fondly on it," he said.

"He was very proud of the staff and pupils and what they achieved.

"He was a `thinking man` who gave everything deep consideration.

"He was also a very progressive educator and involved in a lot of movement in the 60s and 70s towards broadening education beyond the purely academic."

The funeral takes place at St Mary's, Walton, near Brampton (between Hexham and Carlisle), on January 24, at 11.30 a.m. and his family have requested no flowers, but donations can be sent to the Parkinson's Disease Society.