Posted: 14 January, 2019

Kate Fereday – a tribute

News, Pastoral, Senior School, Sixth Form, Suzie Longstaff

It was with shock and great sadness that we heard last week of the death of Kate Fereday, a much-loved Teacher of English at Putney between September 2010 and August 2017.

A superb and gifted teacher, Ms Fereday always said that teaching English was her main love and during her time at Putney High School she inspired many students, both past and present to love literature and poetry as much as she did. Those that worked with her commented on how she made learning entertaining and exciting, and how she encouraged so many, stretching and challenging students of all abilities. Her legacy is still very much felt in the popularity and the success of the English department and its students.

Ms Fereday’s outstanding contribution to life at Putney was felt throughout the school. Not only was she an exceptional English teacher, Deputy Head of English and then Acting Head of English, she was also Poetry Festival organiser, Form Tutor, Gifted & Talented Coordinator and PIE coordinator – bringing in a host of external speakers to speak to and inspire students. In addition, she was an invaluable supporter of many school trips, travelling with pupils as far afield as India and Costa Rica.

In August 2017 Ms Fereday left Putney to teach at St Julian’s in Lisbon but she still kept in touch with the school, joining a GDST teaching trip to India in summer 2018 as part of the Putney contingent and remaining close to her many friends and colleagues at the school.

Over the Christmas break Ms Fereday was involved in a road traffic accident with her family in Cumbria, following which she died peacefully last Friday. Our thoughts are with the Fereday family at this extremely difficult time.

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