Warm tributes to legendary teacher

Colin Roberts
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Tributes have been paid to a special school headteacher who worked to ensure “all children thrived”.

Colin Roberts (pictured) died from cancer on June 12, aged 86.

He had led Highfurlong School from 1967 to 1989, as it developed from an open air school, a forerunner of special schools, to a specialist school for children with physical disabilities.

The school on Blackpool Old Road today continues to thrive - being rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2014.

His widow, Pauline, said: “He was a wonderful husband and father and a loving teacher. He was proud of his pupils, their achievements reflected the staff efforts and he was proud of that.

“He was a good, genuine man, kind and loving.”

And former colleague Jane Upton said: “He will be fondly remembered by generations of Highfurlong schoolchildren, their families and staff for his belief in the power of education, his good humour, compassion and desire to see all children thrive in society.”

Mr Roberts was born and brought up in Wolverhampton before moving to the Fylde coast with his wife and children, Dominic and Rebecca.

In retirement he was an active member of Blackpool North Rotary Club, later Palatine Rotary.

His funeral will be held at Carleton Crematorium at 12.45pm on Monday, June 29.