Warm tributes for ‘unique and caring’ teacher

Ex-Spalding Grammar School and Bourne Academy teacher Courtney Hall.
Ex-Spalding Grammar School and Bourne Academy teacher Courtney Hall.
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An ex-Spalding Grammar School teacher remembered for her enthusiasm and commitment has died, aged 47.

Courtney Hall, whose teaching career also included spells at The Willoughby School, Bourne, and the town’s former Robert Manning Technology College (now Bourne Academy), had bravely battled cancer which led to retirement in July 2013.

Courtney was very family-orientated and she adored her two sons of whom she was also very proud

A spokesman for Spalding Grammar School

After studying at Bourne Grammar School, Mrs Hall completed an English degree and then began teaching in 2005.

Mrs Hall leaves two sons, three sisters and a brother.

A spokesman for Spalding Grammar School, where Mrs Hall taught from 2006 to 2012, said: “Courtney is remembered with fondness as a lively, committed and enthusiastic teacher who set high standards both for herself and for her students.

“She was also a very caring teacher, genuinely interested in her students which enabled her to build positive relationships with all of her classes.

“As a valued member of the English department, Courtney’s love of literature really came to the fore and her wide range of teaching experience contributed to her unique teaching style.

“Outside school, Courtney was very family-orientated and she adored her two sons of whom she was also very proud.”

Jenny Davis, an ex-colleague of Mrs Hall’s at the Willoughby School, said: “We first knew Courtney as a caring and thoughtful mother to her eldest son who attended the school until he was 19-years-old.

“Courtney did voluntary work in school and became a great support to class teacher and students alike, happily sharing a wealth of knowledge from her experiences as a mother.

“She subsequently joined the school staff and became a hugely respected teaching assistant, going to study to become a teacher and then take up teaching positions in the local area.

“We will remember Courtney as a lovely lady who was always positive kind and approachable and she will be sadly missed.”

Mrs Hall’s funeral takes place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Edenham, at 10.45am tomorrow and donations should be made to the National Autistic Society and/or Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Peterborough.