Former Rotherham headteacher will be missed

Former Rotherham headteacher Geoffrey Kelsey has died aged 73

Former Rotherham headteacher Geoffrey Kelsey has died aged 73

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Tributes have been paid to a former Rotherham headteacher and Doncaster magistrate who has died aged 73.

Geoffrey Kelsey led Redscope Junior School in Kimberworth for 23 years until taking early retirement in 1997.

Former Rotherham headteacher Geoffrey Kelsey has died aged 73

Former Rotherham headteacher Geoffrey Kelsey has died aged 73

He also served as a magistrate in Doncaster up until 2006.

The father-of-two passed away on Friday in a Birmingham hospital, where he was being treated for a number of health conditions.

Chris, Mr Kelsey’s son, described him as a ‘firm but fair’ man, who was ‘charismatic’ and ‘inspirational’.

Chris, aged 42, said: “He had always wanted to be a teacher and was very passionate about education, teaching and children.

“He loved to see the kids grow up, develop and to reach their potential.

“My dad had old-fashioned values, a strong work ethic and a great sense of humour, which I will miss.”

Born in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Mr Kelsey trained as a teacher at Leicester’s Scraptoft College, where he met his wife Kathleen.

He taught at schools in the Leicester area before landing the role of headteacher at Maltby’s Church of England School, aged just 29.

In 1974, he became head at Redscope where he is fondly remembered by both staff and former pupils.

Denise Harper, who was a class teacher at the school, said: “He was an excellent headteacher and had high academic standards for the children.

“He cared for us all and looked after us like a father.

“He is remembered with great affection by staff and past pupils.”

Mr Kelsey had a few claims to fame – in that he was head at the school when former England goalkeeper David Seaman attended.

He also sat as a magistrate in Doncaster alongside TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s mum and appeared on Channel Four quiz show, Fifteen to One.

As well as his son Chris and wife Kathleen, aged 71, he leaves daughter Sara, and grandchildren Charlotte, Andrew, Jack and Joseph.