Tributes paid to much respected teacher

Respected and admired language teacher Pat Osborne, who has died aged 62 years.
Respected and admired language teacher Pat Osborne, who has died aged 62 years.

Tributes have been paid to a highly respected language teacher at Caistor Grammar School, who has died at her home in Brigg, aged 62.

Pat Osborne had retired in July this year, after 25 years at the school.

Paying tribute to Mrs Osborne, Headteacher at Caistor Grammar School Roger Hale said the news of her death had brought a mood of great sadness among students, as well as a warm appreciation of all she contributed to the school as a caring, professional and highly talented teacher over many years.

“We were very sorry to learn of the death of Mrs Pat Osborne,” he said.

“She had been a teacher at Caistor Grammar School for 25 years and during that time had made a huge contribution to language learning in the school, holding a variety of posts including Head of French, Head of German, Modern Language Co-ordinator, as well as the school’s ‘Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator’ and the Head of Ayscough House.

“She had retired in July of this year, having gone part time a year before to prepare for her retirement.”

“At a memorable and happy evening in late July, staff gathered to wish her a very happy and long retirement, but tragically that was not to be and she contracted a virulent form of cancer in September.

“She faced her condition with impressive dignity and stoicism and drew comfort from her happy family life and many memories from her career at Caistor Grammar School.”

Born and brought up in Stockton on Tees, Mrs Osborne went on to Sheffield University where she studied French and history and then took up a career in teaching.

While in France, she met her husband Keith and the couple married in 1977. They came to live in Brigg, when Keith took a job in Scunthorpe, and their children, twins Karen and John, were born in 1981.

For a while, Mrs Osborne, who taught both French and German, worked at the Vale of Ancholme School in Brigg, but in 1988, she took up a post as a language specialist at Caistor Grammar School, teaching there until her retirement.

Many pupils remember her for her participation in school trips on the continent - in fact she led more trips than any other member of staff at the school. Following her retirement, she travelled to Switzerland to stay with Karen who was working there. It was while in Switzerland she was taken ill.

A private cremation took place at Woodlands Scunthorpe, following which friends and colleagues gathered in Brigg’s Angel Suite, where Eddie Cook, Deputy Head at Caistor Grammar School and a long serving colleague, reflected on Pat’s life at the school.

The Caistor Grammar School Choir sang Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge over Troubled Water.’