STUDENTS have paid tribute to a beloved teacher who passed away last week at the age of 54.

Andrew Swindley, a drama teacher of 25 years, died on February 23 in Haverthwaite after he was reported missing to the police. 

The beloved father, husband and teacher was described as an inspirational man who was devoted to his family.

He taught at St Aidan's School in Poulton le Fylde where he was the Head of Drama.

He is survvied by his wife Sarah, and children Edward and George.

Andrew's former pupil George Burrows spoke of his time knowing him at school.

He said: "I left St Aidan’s in 2013 and Andrew was my drama teacher.

"I am in my final year of drama school now. Mr Swindley was a true inspiration to me and to so many students. We adored him. I wouldn’t be where I am now without him."

Josh and Georgia Dixon were taught by Andrew and described him as an inspiration teacher.

Josh said: “It was a shock to everyone when we found out.

“There are two kinds of teachers, the ones you don’t want to get on the wrong side of, and the others who you wanted to work hard for. He was a teacher you wanted to work for because he could inspire that passion in people instead of just shouting.

“He talked to his students like they were actual people, like we were adults.

“I have nothing but fond memories of him and his class. He must have taught hundreds or thousands of pupils over his life and all the tributes really show how special he was.”

Georgia said: “I’m absolutely devastated to hear the recently confirmed news of Andrew Swindley’s passing.

“As someone who had a hard time at high school, because kids can be cruel, and were, this man provided a safe space to be creative.

“A space where I could be myself.

“His lessons were something to look forward to and he was the starter point for what I would later call my chosen career. He believed in me from day one and I know he will have reached out to more students like myself after I left.

“I can only hope there will be more teachers like him in the future. The world needs more Andrew Swindley’s. RIP Sir.”

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