Tributes to former Leeds headteacher

Tributes have been paid to the former head of a Leeds school who has died at the age of 97.

Hilda Longworth was appointed headteacher at Lawnswood High School in 1960 and then bedcame head of the merged, co-ed, Lawnswood School before retiring in 1976.

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She died at Burley Hall Nursing home, having lived in Bramhope for 50 years.

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One of her former staff members, French and Latin teacher Diana Ullmann, said: "I remember how wise she was and so kind and how she took a personal interest in her staff, even after they left."

Miss Ullmann, who taught at the school from 1974 to 1976, added: "She was very very proud of the achievements of her former staff and pupils.

"She was both traditional and open to new ideas. She even bought a computer when she was 90. She was an incredible lady and I had the utmost respect for her."

Miss Longworth was born in The Wirral and went to Kirkby Grammar School for Girls before studying for chemistry at the University of Liverpool.

She taught at Wirral Grammar School before moving to a headship in Selby and then on to Lawnswood.

She leaves a niece and two nephews.

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