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January 17, 2018
David Atherton was my first form teacher at UGS in 1970. He was a truly lovely man and gifted teacher. He taught me history In my first two years at UGS. So sorry to hear he has passed away.

Kathryn Maggs (nee Powers]
January 14, 2018
I had the privilege of being taught Economics by David 2003 - 2005, and he also took me through the Oxbridge application process. I was an anxious, perfectionist student and David's wisdom and kindness stood out to me. He was a wonderful teacher and I will miss him greatly.
December 21, 2017
I was so sorry to hear about David Atherton passing away. I had the pleasure of him being my A Level Economics lecturer from 1984 - 1986 (as did my sister, Heather, two years later). Mr Atherton was a brilliant teacher and that A level course was so interesting. I went on to study Economics as part of my Business Studies and German degree. We both still rave about Economics A level to any student we come across.

I went on to work at BAE Systems as a buyer, living in Munich for ten years, and still enjoy working at the Warton site now.

About two years ago my husband and I went to look around Winstanley College Open evening. My son didn't come with us at the time as he wanted to go to Runshaw with his friends. He has since transferred to Winstanley for his Upper Sixth year, to my great delight!

After looking at the obligatory Maths, Physics and Computing Departments for my son, I was drawn to the Business Studies and Economics department and was in my element. I chatted away to the students and staff and mentioned Mr Atherton. To my immense surprise they told me that he still came into College some lunchtimes!

I passed them my email address and asked them to get in touch with Mr Atherton for me. To my absolute delight he wrote back to me and astonishingly he remembered me and that I had studied German too. Impressive! I think this is a good thing that he remembered me!! It was 1986 when I left! He also went to the Houses of Parliament with my sister and she has fond memories of him too. I managed to exchange a few emails with him and he told me about his illness.

David Atherton and Brian Jones (German A level at Winstanley) were the two best lecturers I ever had; the University ones did not come close. They both stood out for me as being able to inspire and teach so well, making their subjects fun and were mostly the reason I loved going to Winstanley!

Best wishes to David's family and all those who will miss him.

Kind regards

Carolyn Davies

December 13, 2017
Mr. Atherton was a brilliant teacher. I have never forgotten him. I was a student in the first class he taught at UpHolland Grammar. (Probably 50 years ago). I am so sad to read this. I hope he knew what a fantastic mentor and amazing teacher he was.