Tributes paid to former Highfields teacher

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Tributes have been paid to a former teacher, who started his career at Highfields and inspired hundreds of youngsters across the city with his love for learning.

Dr George Frith graduated in the 1970s and started his career at Highfields before spending  decades trying to transform the lives of his students by sharing his passion for education with young people in Wolverhampton.

He died aged 67 at the city's New Cross Hospital on December 13 following a battle with pneumonia and sepsis.

Daughter Lois Frith, now an English teacher, told the Express & Star: "People have been calling up and saying what an impact he had on their life.

"He had quite a difficult start to his life but he always felt it was education that was going to enable him to lift himself out of that. He was always there rooting for us to succeed. He always made us feel there was nothing we couldn't do.”

Dr Frith was born in St. John’s, Antigua, in 1950, and brought to England with a foster family eight years later. He initially lived in London before moving to Sutton Coldfield's Princess Alice Orphanage, attending Boldmere Boys’ Grammar School and later living at Erdington's YMCA.

He studied for a Bachelor of Education at Westminster College, Oxford, before coming to Wolverhampton in 1974.

The father-of-two first taught at Highfields before later becoming head of year at Moreton School and gaining a master's degree in history at the University of Wolverhampton.

Dr Frith, who lived with wife-of-38-years Pat in Finchfield, went on to become a lecturer at the university in 1986 and was awarded a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Manchester in 1994.

He was also a governor at Wolverhampton Girls' High School and was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1995.

Dr Frith, who also served as a magistrate, was a keen sportsman - playing for Old Wulfrunians Cricket Club, Goodyear Cricket Club, Codsall Cricket Club and the Commonwealth Cricket Club.

*Information and photograph courtesy of Express & Star

Posted on January 10, 2018 .