Pupils’ toast to tragic teacher

Some of the pupils of Hetton School who are taking part in a memorial concert in memory of  teacher Steve Tose who died following a road accident last year.

Some of the pupils of Hetton School who are taking part in a memorial concert in memory of teacher Steve Tose who died following a road accident last year.

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A DEVOTED schoolteacher who was tragically killed will be remembered by students and colleagues.

Teachers and pupils at Hetton School will be hosting an evening of entertainment, A Toast to Tozer, to celebrate the life of Steve Tose, who died after a road traffic accident in December.

Steve Tose

Steve Tose

The dad-of-two was one of the longest-serving members of staff at the North Road school, having been a teacher there for 33 years, and everyone has been devastated by the loss.

Andrew Hindle, an English teacher, said: “He was a very big personality in the school. He always had time for everyone and was very friendly.

“He not only taught the pupils English, he also taught them a lot about moral and social skills. He certainly had the full respect of all the young people. The days after we found out he had died were so hard.”

Steve, who was head of English and drama, was devoted to the school and the pupils and was always coming up with new initiatives to help the youngsters with their studies and keep the school moving forward.

Because of that, Hetton School has set up a literacy fund in his name, which already stands at £800, to provide greater reading opportunities for students outside lessons, something Steve was passionate about.

Steve, who was dad to Ethan, 10 ,and Harrison, seven, and partner to their mum, Beverley Knight, died after being knocked down on December 3 as he crossed a road near his home in High Heaton, Newcastle.

The 57-year-old, who was a keen cricketer, suffered serious head injuries in the accident and died 11 days later.

Originally from Yorkshire, Steve had been celebrating Leeds United’s victory over Millwall when the crash happened. Businesses in Hetton closed at 3pm on the day of his death as a mark of respect.

The memorial concert will consist of performances by the young people, then the chance for pupils and teachers, past and present, to chat, catch up and remember Steve in their own way.

Andrew said anyone in the community is welcome to call in at the school for tickets to the event, which will be held on Thursday at Rainton Meadows Arena.

Tickets are free, but the school is asking for a donation to the literacy fund.

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