TRIBUTES have been paid to a “loved and respected” former deputy head teacher of Stanwell School that died earlier this month.

Glenda Vibert, nee Palmer, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 6.

Head of sixth form at Stanwell School and her colleague for many years, Robin Relph, paid tribute to Mrs Vibert.

“It is with great sadness that we, at Stanwell School, heard the news of Glenda Vibert’s death,” he said.

“Originally appointed as an English teacher in 1974, she was then responsible for the introduction of vocational courses in Business and Commerce, and later GCSE and A Level Media Studies before becoming head of sixth form and deputy head teacher until her retirement in 1999.”

He added: “For those who worked closely with her, both pupils and colleagues, she will be remembered for her wisdom, advice and constant support.

“Glenda made a huge and highly-valued contribution to the life and success of the school as we know it today.

“Our thoughts are with her husband, David, her family and her friends at this difficult time.”

Three years into her retirement Mrs Vibert, who taught at Stanwell School for 26 years, was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. Despite suffering from the debilitating disease, which affects mobility and balance, she went on to write a poetry anthology called Oops!, with proceeds from the book going to Parkinson's Disease Research and Motor Neurone Research.

In a death notice in the Penarth Times her family described her as a “JP, poet and writer” and a “loved and respected” former deputy head teacher of Stanwell School.

Glenda is currently resting at James Summers and Son, Lavernock Court Chapel.

The funeral service will be on Wednesday, February 26 at 10.30am at Lavernock Court and after at Cardiff and the Vale Natural Burial Ground, Coedarhydyglyn Park, St Nicholas.

The family requested family flowers only, with donations if desired to SHUA (Safe Home for Unwanted Animals).