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Teacher passionate about dance, drama and the arts

6th January 2021

Matt Dixon

A former Penair School teacher for more than 25 years has passed away at the age of
66.

Janet Bridger, known to her friends as Jan, suffered a heart attack and despite the efforts
of the surgical and nursing teams at Derriford Hospital, she died on December 20.

She is survived by her two sons, Jamie and David, grandsons Henry and Joshua and her brother Alan.

In a tribute to Jan, who was also a founder member of Carrick Dance, the family said: “She was an amazing mother, nana, teacher and woman. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, not least her immediate family Rachel and Glyn.

“Thousands of tributes, condolences and memories have been received by her family via cards and social media; fitting testament to her popularity and the positive impact she had on generations of students and adults alike.”

Jan studied at Camborne Grammar School, Redland College, The College of St Marks and St Johns and received her masters degree in education from the University of Exeter.

She taught a variety of subjects at Penair School from 1986 to 2012, finishing her career as head of expressive arts, senior leader, AQA team leader, senior examiner and NQT mentor.

She was presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2000 for her achievements in education. Jan will be remembered for her enduring commitment to dance, drama and the arts.

As a founder member, chairman and artistic director of Carrick Dance, she provided a platform for local students to express themselves, inspiring lifelong passions for the performing arts. She contributed to more than 60 school productions and also undertook more than 20 European ski trips – and she was known for her meticulous organisation, preparation and lust for mountain adventure.

As a passionate teacher of dance, she owned Vean School of Dance from 1981 to 2002, hosting hundreds of dancers who enjoyed her vibrant and technical sessions all over
Cornwall. Healthy body, healthy mind, was a mantra by which she lived.

After retiring from teaching in 2012, she opened Truro Quick Tan and Beauty in Coombes Lane, offering employment to both established and inexperienced staff.

The family added: “Jan will always be remembered for her organisational skills, professionalism and lust for life. More than this, she will be remembered for a smile that lit up any room she entered and for providing help, support, encouragement and advice to all
who asked her for it. A true Cornish legend.”

Under current restrictions the funeral will be a private, family service. The hearse will be travelling up St Clement’s Hill just before 11.45am tomorrow (Thursday, January 7), for those who wish to pay their respects from the pavement.

Anyone wanting to donate to the British Heart Foundation through son Jamie’s Just-
Giving page can log on to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jan-bridger

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