A HIGH school has shared the sad news of the death of a well-known retired teacher.

Bill Wilcock, former woodwork teacher who taught at Cowley in the 70s and 80s, has died peacefully, aged 93, the school said in a statement.

Bill taught woodwork at Hard Lane when it was boys only, and then at the end of 1970s, when the school was working towards joining with Cowley Girls' School.

The school's statement added: "Bill was made Head of Lower School and moved to Cowley Hill.

"He enjoyed his work, particularly giving school assemblies when the pupils were given one of his well practised 'talks' - often with a twinkle in his eye.

"Our thoughts are with Bill's family and friends."

A number of ex-pupils left tributes and condolences following the school's social media post.

One message stated: "My head of school at Cowley Hill 1988 to 1990, very highly regarded and highly respected."

Another stated: "I was at Cowley in the early-mid 60s and I remember Bill Wilcock starting. I was clueless(still am) at woodwork, but I remember him as an affable and considerate teacher. R.I.P."