Bench in memory of former head at Tunstead school

A lasting reminder of an inspirational head teacher now stands outside Tunstead primary school.

John Weston, who was head from 2000-2009 died at Easter. During his time in charge he oversaw major changes at the school including the building of new classrooms and offices and the establishment of the school motto and philosophy; 'Tunstead: A Caring, Sharing School.'

A bench has been sited outside the front door of the school in Mr Weston's memory and at an assembly it was presented to his widow Gina.

Mr Weston, from Coltishall, whose teaching career spanned 38 years battled lymphoma while at Tunstead, retired at 60 and two years later died from a heart attack while doing part time work website work at Bradley Hatch jewellers in Hoveton.

His widow, who attended the presentation with Mr Weston's daughter Lucy, said the bench was a lovely reminder. 'He would love the children sitting on it, He was always keen to take the classroom outside.'

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The assembly also gave a send-off to teacher Di Cornell who retired from the profession after 37 years this week.

Mrs Cornell spent the last five years of her career at Tunstead and would be sorely missed by everyone, said head Jonathan Rice.

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She had played a major role in the school, particularly developing the outdoor area. Under her guidance the children established a vegetable and fruit garden and sold produce to parents in an operation that is now self-funding and continuing to expand.

Wishing her a long and happy retirement Mr Rice added: 'Di has been a fabulous teacher - great to work with, the children all love her and she has made a huge contribution to the school.'

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