Sorrow at death of popular Welwyn Garden City teacher
PUBLISHED: 15:42 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:44 17 February 2016
Former colleagues and pupils of a popular teacher who taught at a Welwyn Garden City school for about 30 years have paid tribute after his death last week.
Andy Ridett, who taught maths and PE at Stanborough School from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, died on Wednesday, February 10.
Geography teacher Steve Bensley told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Andy was a humble man who never thought of himself as better than his pupils.
“He and they had mutual respect.
“Andy was a gifted sportsman. He played football for Welwyn for many years, was a low-handicap golfer and once won a school-versus-staff cricket match by hitting a six.
“He was also a clever man. It is often forgotten that he was also highly regarded as a maths teacher as well as excelling at PE.”
Tributes from former pupils on social media included: ”He was a dedicated enthusiast for school sport. He inspired me and many others. I’ve so much to thank him for.”
Another former pupil wrote: “I was lucky to have him as a form tutor in the Sixth Form. He always made time for everyone.”