SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Sadness as former headteacher passes away

SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Sadness as former headteacher passes away

TOUCHING tributes are being paid by children, parents and staff at Countess Gytha Primary School in Queen Camel following the sad passing of former headteacher, Sue English, last week.

Sue, aged 55, was headteacher at Countess Gytha Primary School for four years before retiring earlier this year due to ill health.

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “Sue was warm, caring and passionate and instrumental in designing the new school building that recently opened, creating a strong vision where both education and children thrived.”

The staff at Countess Gytha Primary School have made the following statement:  “We are truly saddened to hear of the passing of our former headteacher, Sue English. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.

“Sue was a wonderful headteacher and a warm and caring person, always with the best interests of the children at the heart of everything she’d do.

“Sue was passionate about the children’s learning environment and welcomed new initiatives and innovations. She also had a great sense of humour and would dress up in fantastic outfits for World Book Day. We thank her for all she has done for the school. She will be sadly missed.”

The primary school welcomes the giving of condolence cards from parents and the local community. Condolence cards and messages can be left at school and will be delivered to the family. A service to celebrate the life of Sue will take place during the term, open to all.

Sue had previously been a headteacher at Buckland St Mary Primary School.

PHOTO – TOP: Sue English in the packed hall of children, staff and parents in giving the new Countess Gytha Primary School a cheer at an official opening in June 2016.