Mrs Taylor was born in May 1960, daughter of Beryl and Samuel Whiteside in Harlington, West London. She attended Heathrow Primary School and later gained scholarship to Nottinghill and Ealing High School, before going onto Queen Mary’s College, University of London, where she read Zoology and Physiology. During her married life, she moved to Slough, and enjoyed motherhood with her three daughters, Kim, Zoe and Sian. She encouraged her children to participate in outdoor pursuits, visiting the Lake District every summer for walks, archery and wall climbing.
In the late 1990s, Mrs Taylor volunteered at a Slough primary school, where her dream to become a teacher was awakened. After completing a teacher training programme, she joined Upton Court Grammar School in 2000 (known at the time as Slough Grammar School), and served as a much loved biology teacher and form tutor for 15 years. She thrived in her laboratory with children, surrounded by roaring Bunsen Burners and colourful solutions, and wearing a white lab coat and a smile. The highlight of Mrs Taylor’s school year was the annual A Level Biology trip to Dale Fort in Wales, where she spent many hours with the Barnacles on a sheltered shore.
Mrs Taylor was a respected teacher and colleague, and touched the lives of thousands of students. She never gave up on any child, and had a unique way of encouraging and empowering even the most insecure of students through to achieving their grades; whilst they didn’t like it at the time, they would always come back a few years later to thank her for the ‘tough love’ which helped them make something of their lives.
Mrs Taylor sadly passed away on 12 May 2015, aged 54. She will be missed by her daughters, grandchildren Ayman, Kaitlyn and Yosef, and will remain in the hearts of countless staff and students of Upton Court Grammar School for many years to come.