‘Roy Hazlehurst was a truly wonderful teacher and an NK legend’
A well-loved teacher from North Kesteven School has died.
Roy Hazlehurst, 57, was an art teacher for 35 years at the now specialist academy for the performing arts and an assistant head teacher for the last ten years.
He died on August 20, three weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.
The head teacher of North Kesteven School, Mr Martin Connor, said: “Roy Hazlehurst tragically died last week following a short illness.
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“All the school are deeply saddened at the news, our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
“He was well loved by pupils and staff here at NK and will be very sadly missed.”
His wife also works at NK as a PE teacher and an assistant head.
Former student Emma Woolven left a tribute to Mr Hazelhurst on Facebook. It said: “He was my form tutor and I worked with him regularly through my work at the Terry O’Toole Theatre. He was a lovely man and it is just so awful.”
Ex-pupil Dean Yates also wrote: “I’m so sorry to hear about his death. He was one of the better teachers, I enjoyed his art lesson especially his usual comment, ‘You need to add more ‘tone’ to your drawing Yates’.”
Teacher Jo Baker said: “My students ask why we do certain things in my art class, my response is often, ‘because Mr Hazlehurst did it this way.’
Mr Hazlehurst was fabulous and inspired me to become an art teacher.”
Former student Jackie Jinks said: “I was at NK School in the early 80s and remember Mr Hazlehurst.
“He was a great teacher and I remember when we were looking for a secondary school for my 12-year-old son, he showed us around, bless him.”
Former student Troy Grove said: “RIP Mr Hazlehurst, he was a truly wonderful teacher and NK legend. He taught me and my two kids. We will never forget you sir.”
Former student Anna Wilson said: “His art lessons were always the best when I was at school. We had such great times.
“He was an absolutely fantastic teacher and gave me a real passion for art and drawing.”
Former student Holly Dawson said: “RIP Mr Hazlehurst, by far the best teacher I had through school. Definitely the kindest and funniest teacher who made everyone laugh.
“If we did something stupid he would make a laugh and a joke out of it. You will be missed by so many. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Former student Sarah Moyses, from Louth, wrote: “Condolences to the family. He was the best teacher in my time at NK.
“He helped me get my O-level in art, he treated us like adults and I had so much respect for him.
“Absolutely gutted to hear of his death, a legend.”
And ex-pupil Lisa Diallo nee Lisa Armitage said: “I have fond memories of Mr Hazlehurst. My thoughts are with his wife whom he married at the time that Miss Senior was my form tutor, both dedicated teachers their passion to educate all the people they have and do continue to teach, was and shall be a credit to North Kesteven school as is shown by the huge response to his passing. My memories of him shall remain admirable and my heart goes out to his family with their loss as god has taken one of life’s best.”