Peter Ingate: Pupil and teacher’s 60-year link with Norfolk school

A Norfolk deputy head teacher, Peter Ingate, who has died aged 82, has a remarkable connection of more than 60 years with the same school.

He was the only 'rare bird' to spend his schooldays and then his teaching career at the same establishment.

Peter John Garwood Ingate was born in Norfolk and went to Norwich High School for Boys, as it was then called, in 1933 at the age of four. He was the youngest of four children, with three sisters, one of whom married the second world war RAF ace fighter pilot, later Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson.

He stayed at the school, which later became Langley School until he was 17 and joined the army to complete his National Service shortly after the second world war. After teacher training in 1951, he returned to the school, which had moved to its current location, near Loddon, four years earlier.

He taught all subjects on the curriculum but his greatest love was computer sciences, which he embraced with typical energy in the early 1980s. A keen pianist, he encouraged children to share his love of music and no student, if willing, was ever refused a place in the school choir.

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He organised the school's sports' days and speech days for many years. In retirement, he maintained his links with the school and pupils as secretary to the former pupils' society.

A keen gardener, and former member of Drayton Horticultural Society, he spent his retirement looking after his garden at Framingham Earl, near Norwich.

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He is survived by his wife, Barbara. A funeral service will be held at St Faith's Crematorium on Thursday, May 19 at 3.30pm.

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