Tributes to former head teacher Geoffrey Hudson

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THE funeral has been held of long-serving Brighouse head teacher Mr Geoffrey Hudson.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Hudson, who was head at Woodhouse Junior School, Daisy Road, from 1987 to 1999. He was involved in education for all his working life and taught at a number of schools in Calderdale.

Mrs Margaret Hudson, also a former teacher, said her husband was dedicated to education and always put the needs of children first. “He absolutely loved it when former pupils used to visit him or stop to talk to him in the street,” she said.

Mr Hudson was born in Hull and educated at Beverley Grammar School. He gained his teaching certificate at St John’s College, York, and later studied for an MA at York University with Neil Robinson of St Andrew’s Junior School, Brighouse, and David Gott, of St Joseph’s Primary School.

He taught for a short time at Lightcliffe C of E School then joined Woodhouse when the school opened in 1967, eventually becoming deputy under the headship of Mr Dennis Tasker. In 1974 he became deputy at Elland C of E School and then joined Riverside Junior School in Hebden Bridge as head three years later.

Returning to Woodhouse in 1987, he became only the second head at the school. Mr Hudson had been a diabetic since childhood and problems with his health caused him to take early retirement at the age of 54 in 1999.

Mr Hudson died in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary at the age of 68. He was former president of the Brighouse branch of the Yorkshire Assocation of Bookmen and of the Brighouse branch of the National Union of Teachers. He was a member of St John’s Church, Rastrick, and collaborated with John Brooke on a book about the history of Lightcliffe.

His daughter Rachael, a former pupil at Rastrick High School, lives near London.

The vicar of Rastrick, the Rev Matthew Pollard, said: “Geoff Hudson was associated with St John’s Rastrick for nearly 45 years. He was a very well-respected member of the congregation and will be greatly missed.

“Although the son of a Methodist preacher who was well known in Brighouse, Gilder Hudson, Geoff came to love Anglican spirituality when he was a student at a Church of England teacher training college in York. He had a deep, mature and well informed faith. He quietly influenced and inspired many people and will be fondly remembered.”

A tribute on Woodhouse’s website said the thoughts and prayers of those at the school were with Mr Hudson’s friends and family.