Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Obituary - Lyn Davies, 1950-2013: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Obituary - Lyn Davies, 1950-2013: News

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Lyn Davies was an incorrigible collector: he spent weekend after weekend bartering at car boot sales for items he thought might come in useful one day. As a result, his Woking primary acquired old photos, antique display items and, bafflingly, a cement mixer.

Lyndon Davies was born in Cardiff in June 1950. A keen sportsman, he competed in the decathlon during the 1970 Commonwealth Games. But his ultimate aim was always to teach: he wanted to inspire children to share his love of sport.

While he was studying towards a BEd at Cardiff University, his parents decided to move to Bournemouth. But Mr Davies had no desire to live there, so he took out a map and randomly selected an alternative.

Thus began a teaching career in Woking. He was appointed to the Winston Churchill School but within 18 months was head of PE at Sheerwater County Secondary.

Naturally gregarious (colleagues knew that a conversation with Lyn would not finish quickly), he took an active interest in pupils' progression. He was quick to spot potential and his response to "I can't do it" was always "Yes, you can."

It was at Sheerwater that he met geography teacher Shelley Towers. She was impressed by his confidence and charisma; they married in August 1978.

Although sport was his first love, Mr Davies also wrote, told stories, painted and played the guitar. So, in 1984, he decided that primary teaching might allow greater scope for his skills. He began at Sythwood Primary, where he rose to become acting deputy head. …

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