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Sad News for the RGS Community

RGS Worcester community mourn the loss of a dear friend, Mike Ridout.

15 Aug 2019
School News
Mike Ridout (RGS 1978-2014)
Mike Ridout (RGS 1978-2014)

It is with the greatest of sadness that we must share news of the untimely and tragic death of Mike Ridout. Mike was spending some time in South Africa since March doing Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) work and was due to return to the UK in December. We are told that Mike was cycling on his own on Tuesday morning when he was hit from behind by a car and suffered severe head injuries. He was taken to hospital and operated upon, but to no avail. His sister and her husband have flown out to South Africa.
Mike was a teacher at RGS Worcester from 1978 until 2014 and taught Geography as well as leading Athletics and a member of the Senior Management Team. He also travelled on a number of memorable sports tours. He retired in the summer of 2014 and joined the School’s Foundation Board as a Trustee in 2017. Since then Mike has kept in close contact with the School and has offered input and guidance to the work of the Foundation. We know Mike kept in touch with his former colleagues and a number of former pupils and we will share further information about Mike’s funeral when we receive the details.
Throughout his 36 years of dedicated service to the pupils and to RGS itself, Mike was one of those popular teachers who inspired respect, admiration and friendship from his colleagues, his pupils and their families. Our thoughts are with everyone who knew Mike, his family and his friends. It is so very sad to lose a member of the RGS community and in such tragic circumstances.

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