This term QEGS sadly said goodbye to much loved ex-teacher Mr Philip Broadhurst.

He started at QEGS back in 1975, as a little lad in shorts and cap, then started teaching here in 1990. In the Biology Department he was always Mr Reliable and many colleagues benefitted greatly from having such a knowledgeable and inspirational colleague to rely upon. He was simply a ‘natural teacher’ with a very innovative and unique teaching style which benefitted so many young people.

As a teacher and a tutor for Phil it was always ‘all about the student’ and so many have been affected by his words of wisdom, his time and his empathy. He was a rare talent, he had the ability to teach across the whole ability range from Oxbridge down to his Y7s. He had the knack of being able to explain things at just the right level and he could turn his hand to a lesson at a moment’s notice and simply draw a fantastic A-level diagram or come up with a great demo. His students of all levels were so well prepared for examinations.

Phil was so calm and relaxed in lessons, which is mainly down to how much his students respected him and how they were so engaged in his lessons. When he announced on Facebook his intention to leave, he was inundated with thousands of messages from ex-pupils remembering lessons and thanking him for helping them onto the right track in their career. Their warm and heart-felt thanks just highlighted the impact that he has had on so many students’ lives.

Our condolences and prayers are with Phil’s family. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him.