Celebration in Janet’s memory

Southfield School For Girls, Kettering
Southfield School For Girls, Kettering

A celebration is to be held in memory of a much-loved member of staff from Southfield School for Girls.

Jan Leyshon was the press and community officer at the Kettering school, having moved to Wellingborough with her young family in 1998.

Her three girls all attended Southfield and she was extremely proud of them and their achievements.

Mrs Leyshon became a very active parent in school and contributed her time to the school in many ways.

As a parent, she supported the school in its bid to become a specialist sports college and her enthusiasm for the school led her to become a parent governor.

Recognising her talent for putting people at ease and her ability to communicate so well with everyone she met, the school appointed her eight years ago to a new role on the support staff.

Mrs Leyshon was instrumental in gaining funds for the school and forged links with the local community, with the summer and Christmas tea dances being popular events.

As school press officer, she often contacted the Telegraph about achievements by Southfield School students, and arranged for several pupils to work with Telegraph reporters and report on the Olympic torch when it passed through the county last summer.

The funeral for Mrs Leyshon, who died at home on January 12, was held in Southport, Lancashire, on January 25, which was tragically the day after her mum’s funeral.

Mrs Leyshon leaves behind her husband Chris and her three daughters Victoria, Katie and Sarah.

A school spokesman said: “She was a real “Lancashire lass” and regularly went up North to visit her family and friends.

“A larger than life character, we will all miss her lively and quirky sense of humour.

“The family would like to thank everyone for the many kind letters and cards.”

A celebration of Mrs Leyshon’s life will be held at Southfield School in March.

Anyone wishing to attend can call Caroline Collings on 01536 513063.