Tributes paid to former teacher

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Scarborough teacher who has died aged 65.

Peter Laskey, who was deputy headteacher at Scalby School, passed away at his home earlier this month.

Mr Laskey worked at the school for more than 30 years and took on a range of responsibilities including head of art in 1973.

A year after arriving at Scalby School, he took on a pastoral role where he was responsible for the transfer of primary pupils to the school and later for the welfare of all students in the lower school.

David Read, the school’s current headteacher, attended Mr Laskey’s funeral alongside a number of colleagues.

He said: “A reference left by former headmaster John Howard describes Pete as someone with, ‘a true sense of vocation, his professional standards are high, he has a good relationship with his pupils for whom he has a genuine sympathy and I regard him as one of my most trusted and loyal colleagues.’

“He led a week-long Year Seven excursion to Perranporth for many years, which I am sure many former students will remember with affection.

“His funeral was attended by a large gathering of his former colleagues, and I hope his wife Isabel, children Adam, Ben and Beth, and all his other relations and friends can find some small comfort in this sign of the respect and esteem in which we held him.

“Among the moving tributes and music chosen by the family we heard Panis Angelicus, from a recording made by former pupils of the school while Pete was a teacher there.

“He who touched all our lives and we wish could he have enjoyed a longer retirement he deserved.”

Scalby School lowered their flag to half mast in memory of Mr Laskey, who previously taught at Abington High School, in Leicestershire and took a degree in Fine Art at Leicester College.

David Pynn, who was headteacher at the school from 1989 until 2004, said: “From the outset I was impressed by Pete’s combination of genuine interest and care for individual pupils. “He was also very willing to accept change and be an active contributor.

“His basic values of self-respect and respect for others never changed”

After retiring in 2005, Mr Laskey returned to teach art as a supply teacher.