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Tributes paid to Blyth-Jex High School head teacher who inspired students

PUBLISHED: 09:19 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:47 01 September 2017

Peter Stiven, headteacher of Blyth Jex pictured in September 1997. He is with pupils, from left to right, Lucy Walker, Chi-Hong Chung, Hayley Topley, Paul Magee, Gemma Green, Mathew Sillis and Hazel MaGrath. Picture: Archive

Peter Stiven, headteacher of Blyth Jex pictured in September 1997. He is with pupils, from left to right, Lucy Walker, Chi-Hong Chung, Hayley Topley, Paul Magee, Gemma Green, Mathew Sillis and Hazel MaGrath. Picture: Archive

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Tributes are being paid to a Norwich headteacher who played an important role in the lives of thousands of youngsters.

Peter Stiven, headteacher of Blyth Jex School, pictured in September 1997. Picture: ArchivePeter Stiven, headteacher of Blyth Jex School, pictured in September 1997. Picture: Archive

Peter Stiven died aged 73 on August 9. He was the former head of Blyth-Jex High School in north Norwich.

He was born in Pembrooke Dock, Wales, in January 1944 to parents serving in the RAF during the Second World War.

He lost his father to tuberculosis before the end of the war and was raised in Ireland by his mother.

Although doctors said he would have problems walking as he grew up, Mr Stiven played hockey at school, which became a life-long passion, as he went on to play for Ireland and England, as well as captaining first division club Southgate.

Blyth Jex school's headmaster Peter Stiven. Picture: ArchantBlyth Jex school's headmaster Peter Stiven. Picture: Archant

When he retired from playing he became an umpire at national level.

Mr Stiven attended Trinity College Dublin and completed a degree in history before completing his teaching qualification at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

While studying he received his hockey pink in Dublin and blue for Oxford.

He started his teaching career at St Albans school, and later at Castle Manor school in Haverhill.

Promotion to deputy head took him to Plymouth, to Coombe Dean school for a number of years; and headship brought him back to East Anglia to Blyth-Jex school in Norwich.

It was during his time at Blyth-Jex that Mr Stiven was able to touch the lives of students in Norwich with his “inspirational” teaching.

He was the head teacher there from 1990 to 1999.

After his stint as a head teacher, Mr Stiven became a consultant for the Local Education Authorities in Suffolk, advising schools 
on improving behaviour 
and attendance while advising the senior leadership team at Tabor High School in Essex.

He is survived by his second wife, of nearly 40 years, Pat; by his first wife, Bronwen; and by his children, Merewyn and Tim, and his four grandchildren.

A funeral service will take place at All Saints Church, Postwick, on Friday, September 8 at 2.30pm.

Family flowers only, but donations can be made payable to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

Mr Stiven’s family tribute

His son Tim Stiven said: “Peter will be remembered with great love by his family and by his friends. In work, he had an enduring love for the world of education and was an outstanding teacher and headteacher.

“He was known for his hard work, was determined that his pupils and staff have every chance to achieve their best potential, and committed the large part of his life to helping them do so. The same spirit shone through his lifetime in hockey.

“Peter was an excellent player, no doubt; but his real satisfaction came from helping others younger than him achieve things beyond their own expectations.

“He won the respect and friendship of many through his playing and his coaching ability. in teaching, in sport and at home, his caring nature and sense of fairness were reflected in all he did. He will be greatly missed.”

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