Spalding Grammar School to remember ‘extraordinary’ Peter

Former Spalding Grammar School deputy headteacher and head of foreign languages, Peter Wasley.  Photo by Mike Davison.
Former Spalding Grammar School deputy headteacher and head of foreign languages, Peter Wasley. Photo by Mike Davison.

Spalding Grammar School is to remember an “extraordinary role model” who served students and staff for more than 30 years.

A commemoration service for ex-deputy headteacher Peter Wasley is to be held at the school on Wednesday, May 25 at 10am.

Peter Wasley made an outstanding contribution to life at, and the development of, Spalding Grammar School throughout his 33 years’ service from September 1978 until August 2011

Spalding Grammar School tribute to Peter Wasley

Mr Wasley, who was 62, passed away in Oxfordshire on Easter Saturday after a short illness and his funeral, attended by family and very close friends, took place in the county on Monday.

He is survived by his wife Catherine.

A tribute from the school said: “Peter Wasley made an outstanding contribution to life at, and the development of, Spalding Grammar School throughout his 33 years’ service from September 1978 until August 2011.

“Initially appointed as a teacher of French, he arrived with glowing references from his teaching practice school which foreshadowed many of the talents that made Peter such a positive force at our school.

“As a classroom teacher he was “outstanding”, long before Ofsted adopted that description, recognising the huge potential for media to add impact to language learning and revelling in the advent of internet resources.

“Peter took care to motivate students, understand boys’ responses to events and explain complex issues, whether he was addressing a school assembly or speaking one‐to‐one.

“Throughout his long career, Peter remained totally committed to the welfare of all students and took particular delight in patiently, persistently finding ways to enthuse youngsters.

“For 33 years, Peter was a friend and colleague to all school staff, as well as an extraordinary rôle model who enriched the lives of all who learned and worked with him at Spalding Grammar School.”

Anyone who wants to attend the memorial service should email dhaslam@spaldingrammarschool.lincs.sch.uk by May 11.

Warm tributes for inspirational’ teacher at town grammar school