STAFF and students at a South Shields school will pay their last respects to a popular teacher who lost a cancer battle when they return from their summer break.
Executive headteacher Sir Ken Gibson plans to hold a special service at Harton Technology College to mark Alan Brooks-Tyreman’s “fantastic contribution”.
The 48-year-old father of two, who had worked there for 25 years, died from a rare form of cancer, germ cell cancer choriocarcinoma, on August 19.
Sir Ken today paid his own tribute, saying: “Alan was a wonderful teacher, leader, colleague and friend for 25 years.
“He was incredibly popular with staff, students, parents and governors, and possessed a great sense of humour and fun.
“It is a very sad occasion for the school, but more importantly for the family and very close friends.
“There was almost a procession of staff who visited Alan in his final months, and we fully intend to hold a special service in the school to mark Alan’s fantastic contribution to a huge number of youngsters.”
Sir Ken and Mr Brooks-Tyreman were together on a school trip to London shortly before he fell ill.
He said: “I, along with other staff, accompanied Alan on a recent trip to London with his A-level history and politics students and it was evident throughout the trip that the students had immense respect for Alan and trusted him implicitly with guiding them through their studies.
“He had an unmistakable laugh and was one of the real characters in the staff room.
“I was delighted to be able to present Alan with a token of the school’s appreciation for 25 years’ service at an event on the last day of the summer term.
“The standing ovation from the whole staff on that day will live with me for the rest of my life – it was incredibly moving and so thoroughly deserved.
“My condolences go out to Susan, Frank, Poppy and the rest of Alan’s family and friends.
“Alan was a very special colleague and will be a huge miss to us all.”