Head teacher passes away

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A former headteacher who taught in Whitby, Sleights and Hinderwell has died aged 84 after a long illness.

Audrey Rayment, came from a Whitby family and taught several generations of people throughout the years, but perhaps her most dramatic moment came when a US fighter jet crashed near Lealholm School.

It killed the pilot and his navigator but fortunately no-one at the school was harmed.

As a child she attended Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby Church of England County Primary School at Sleights before attaining a scholarship to study at Whitby Grammar School, which was called the County School at that time.

After leaving school she worked as a dispenser for the late Dr. Hugh English at his Sleights surgery before leaving to train for the teaching profession at Ripon in the 1950s.

During her training she undertook teaching practice in the same school at Sleights she had attended years earlier. This involved having to teach her own brother John while he was in the top infants’ class.

After qualifying as a teacher and a short spell teaching in the Midlands, she returned to her roots .

Over a 25-year period she taught in a number of schools including Cliff Street School in Whitby, Hinderwell and Ruswarp before being appointed as head teacher at Grosmont.

From Grosmont she moved to Lealholm School where she remained as head teacher until her retirement.

Audrey was a keen supporter of the church, serving for a time on the Parochial Church Council at Sleights, a proud Daleswoman and lover of the countryside.

In retirement she moved to Cumbria with her brothers Ernest and John.

She is survived by her brothers, together with sister-in-law Linda, nephews Guy and Tim and nieces Anna and Rosie.

Her funeral is to take place at 3pm tomorrow at St. Andrews Church, Crosby Garrett in Cumbria.