Peter Greenwood

Nicola Storey, Teaching & Learning Coordinator for Deaf & Hearing Students at Bradford College,
prepared this tribute:

Peter Greenwood was the Deputy Head at Thorn Park School for Deaf Children in Bradford. He was also employed as a part time lecturer at Bradford College, teaching work preparation skills to Deaf students. He was heavily involved in the transition of school leavers to College courses.

This was groundbreaking work at a time when there were few educational or employment opportunities for profoundly deaf people. He worked enthusiastically to improve educational opportunities for deaf people, particularly in post 16 education.

Tragically, he died in the fire at Bradford City Football Ground in May 1985, along with his two young sons. Bradford College joiner, John Ackroyd, also lost his life that day. Peter’s death deeply moved the deaf community who participated in extensive fundraising.

The Peter Greenwood Memorial Trust was set up to manage the funds donated in his memory. The trust aims to enhance Peter’s work in supporting Deaf people who wish to continue or return to study. It does this by making cash grants to deaf and hearing impaired students in further or higher education or training. These grants are to enable individuals to buy books and equipment to support them in their studies. In doing this it also raises awareness of the differing needs of deaf people who wish to continue in education or training.