Dedicated teacher left lasting legacy

Helen Brazier
Helen Brazier

An ‘outstanding’ primary teacher dedicated to improving children’s literacy skills has died following a battle with cancer.

Helen Brazier spent ten years working as deputy headteacher at Broughton Fields Primary School, before being made acting head in January.

But just one month later, Helen received a devastating diagnosis and died on Friday aged just 43.

Colleagues from the Milton Road school have paid tribute to Helen, who they describe as inspirational for her work with fellow teachers, which has left a lasting legacy.

A joint statement from the school’s chairman of governors and the senior leadership team, said: “Everyone at Broughton Fields Primary School was incredibly saddened at the death of Helen.

“Over the last ten years, Helen has been an inspiration to staff and children alike, touching everyone she met and helping to shape the very special place that Broughton Fields is today.

“She will be particularly remembered for her passion and dedication to improving the reading and writing ability of every child.

“The staff at Broughton Fields Primary School are a very close knit team and are deeply saddened by the loss of not only a remarkable colleague, but a true friend. She will be sorely missed.”

Helen started her career at Heronsgate Combined School in September 1992 and later became deputy headteacher Kents Hill for nine years before her taking on her role at Broughton Fields.

Gail Tolley, director of children’s services at Milton Keynes Council, said: “Having taught in all year groups, Helen was instrumental in leading the improvement of teaching at the school and mentored many practitioners to become outstanding teachers in all phases of the school, thus establishing a lasting legacy.”