Tributes to Queenswood School principal Raymond Favell

PRINCIPAL of Queenswood School in Morley (formerly Wakefield Tutorial School) Raymond Favell has died in Leeds General Infirmary aged 76.

Mr Favell began his teaching career as a visiting music teacher at Leeds Grammar School. He joined the staff of Wakefield Tutorial School in 1956 when the school was situated at its original site at Crofton, Wakefield.

Following the death of the school's owner Arthur Browne, Mr Favell was appointed headteacher.

While recovering from cancer he retired from teaching in the 1990s when Julie Tanner (then Miss Crosby) was asked to take on the school's headship.

However, Mr Favell continued to maintain his interest in the school as principal, in an advisory and mentoring capacity.

He was delighted when the school relocated to Queen Street and changed its name to Queenswood School in April this year.

Those who knew him said it was typical of Mr Favell's commitment to the school that he embraced these changes so fully.

He will be fondly remembered by hundreds of former pupils and parents, many of whom have a treasury of anecdotes; of the residential trips to his beloved Lake District when he drove the children in the minibus and acted as driver-courier.

Other memories will be of the annual school plays, many of which were written entirely by Mr Favell, with music especially composed by him.

He was organist and choirmaster at Bramley Baptist Church for many years and the school choir often shared platforms with his church choir.

Mr Favell's funeral was held at the church yesterday and a collection was held to raise money for a memorial bench, rose bush and bird table to be placed in the garden at Queenswood School.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the collection can call the school on 2534033 or e-mail headteacher@ queenswoodschool.co.uk

A thanksgiving service to celebrate Mr Favell's life and the dedication of the garden is planned for October.