My father, David Cassar, who has died aged 71, was a devoted educator and advocate for particular wants faculties. For 20 years he was the principal and chief government of St Mary’s Wrestwood in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, which he rotated to realize “excellent” gradings from Ofsted, incomes private reward from inspectors.
The youngsters who attended had advanced wants, together with bodily, social and academic. Most of them thrived throughout their time on the college, usually towards the percentages. Many realized to stroll, or communicate, or learn, with the assistance of the specialist workers.
David believed their wants couldn’t be met in mainstream schooling and suggested the federal government all through the Nineties. When coverage modified to deliver extra youngsters into the mainstream, he warned of the constraints and risks.
He was born in Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, one in every of eight youngsters, two of whom died in infancy, of Maltese mother and father, John Cassar, a cabinetmaker, and his spouse, Josephine (nee Sultana), who labored in a manufacturing facility. They’d come to the UK after the second world warfare and met in Portsmouth. David at all times thought-about himself Maltese. His mother and father’ English being restricted, younger David crammed in all of the household varieties, and skim letters and payments for his mother and father.
He attended St John’s RC secondary fashionable college within the metropolis, leaving on the age of 16 to work in development. Aged 17 he had a bike accident, which left him with one leg shorter than the opposite. He spent a yr studying to stroll once more. His mom died out of the blue when he was in his early 20s – he determined to vary his profession course and went to Leicester College to review for a level in youth and group work.
He spent a yr within the Bronx, New York, and got here again to the UK to develop into youth and group employee at Impington Village faculty, Cambridgeshire. He then turned the primary youth and group employee for Waveney Valley in Suffolk.
Deciding to coach as a trainer, he attended Avery Hill School, Greenwich, in London, and in 1981 went to show woodwork and design know-how at Peckham women’ college. In 1983 he moved to Burlington Danes secondary college in White Metropolis for 3 years and in 1986 he turned principal of South Lodge in Hertfordshire, a boarding college for women with emotional difficulties. There he was capable of mix his expertise of group work and educating, and he thrived within the position.
In 1991 he moved to St Mary’s Wrestwood, which on the time was struggling. He made it right into a glowing success. After retiring in 2010, he sat on the bench at Hastings magistrates court docket, the place he continued to affect individuals’s lives.
David was a dedicated socialist, who gave me the Marxist manifesto as a sixteenth birthday current. He was a long-time union member and rep of the NUT (now NEU). When on the age of three I declared myself vegetarian, he quickly joined me and have become a vocal advocate for the trigger.
He married and divorced thrice and is survived by his three youngsters, Joseph, Jessie and me.