Tributes to respected teacher and friend

Teacher Carol Robson, who died suddenly at home.
Teacher Carol Robson, who died suddenly at home.
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Tributes have been paid to an ‘inspirational’ teacher, who died suddenly at home.

Carol Robson, nee Gardner, taught generations of pupils at Morpeth’s Newminster Middle School between 1982 and 2005, where she was the driving force of the choir and children’s productions.

She moved to Scunthorpe after meeting her husband Dave Robson and became Leader of Languages at St Lawrence Academy.

Mrs Robson died of a heart attack on Saturday, April 25, at the age of 55.

Her husband said: “She will be massively missed by her friends, family and people she knew in Newcastle.

“People will remember her as lively and bubbly, with a dry and sarcastic sense of humour. She was well liked by a lot of people.”

Carol was liked by everybody and she would get everybody laughing.

David Richards

Former Morpeth colleague Andy Cottis, who is Head of Year 8 at Newminster, also paid tribute.

“Carol was certainly very well-known,” he said.

“She put on the school choirs and all the school shows, ran French trips as Head of French and was a leading light in amateur dramatics.

“She was a straight kind of teacher. She had high standards for the pupils she taught and she got fantastic results. The choirs she ran were well-known not just in the county, but around the region and her shows were huge successes.

“Carol was also good fun. She will be missed.”

Parent David Richards, whose three children were taught by Mrs Robson, said: “My son Scott became involved in the choir that Carol was running and she was instrumental in getting him to be Oliver in a production at the Theatre Royal. She was a great influence on his development, but she was also a fantastic person.

“She was funny and understanding. Carol was liked by everybody and she would get everybody laughing.

“She would take kids to concerts and her involvement with them was fantastic. She was the person who, through the concerts, introduced the kids to so many different things. She opened them up to experiences that you wouldn’t get from other teachers. She was an inspiration.”

Mrs Robson’s funeral will take place tomorrow, at 2.30pm, at Haltemprice Crematorium. Former students and teachers are welcome.