Pamela joined Prior Park in 1992 as a part time teacher of French and Spanish. She was a wonderful linguist and became Head of Modern Languages in 1995, successfully running this large and complex academic department until her retirement in 2006. She inspired generations of Prior Park pupils to engage with European languages.
An inspirational, loyal and effective tutor in English House, her tutees adored her because they always knew that they could spend time in her company and engage in interesting conversation. She was a great source of sensible advice, delivered with care and considerable humour. Her calm, reflective persona was recognised by many pupils who flocked to attend Pamela's yoga classes with enthusiasm and long-term commitment.
I joined just a short time after Pamela and she seemed so knowledgeable about everything to do with the reporting system, and the intricacies of filling in the green and white cards we used at the time. We also laughed a lot and shared some unique Prior Park experiences such as being rather reluctant supervisors/coaches on Saturday sport afternoons. We were often seen in the Common Room on a Saturday morning doing a rain dance to encourage cancellation of the afternoon matches!
Her colleagues also remember that on Speech Day, Pamela's academic hood tended to vary from year to year. In the early days, we assumed that she must have several degrees. She didn't - she made a new hood each year in a different fabric! Creativity and craft projects were another defining part of Pamela's life. She adored sewing, knitting, and other creative pursuits and passed on these skills to many Prior Park pupils. Staff who had special events were often treated to one of Pamela's home-made, beautifully designed cushion covers.
Although Pamela was a committed and inspirational teacher, the most important part of her life was her family. John and Pamela were so proud of their daughters Lucy and Alexis. Becoming a grandmother was a highlight of Pamela's life- although she rejected any notion it meant she was getting older!
At Prior, Pamela will be remembered as a warm, kind and caring person with a big smile, who always wanted to help students achieve success. It was always lovely to see Pamela embracing and congratulating her students on A Level Results Day and it was clear that she was held in high regard by all who knew her.