Tributes paid to Ditchingham Primary School headteacher

A primary school has been left saddened by the death of its headteacher.

Ditchingham Primary School headteacher Gwyn James died aged 40 on February 9 after a long illness.

Mrs James, a mother of two, had been unable to be at the school, near Bungay, for some time and died in hospital just before half term.

Chair of Governors Chris Tyacke said: 'Sadly her illness prevented her from reaching her full potential. She had been ill for some time and sadly lost her battle whilst in hospital.

'She fought her illness with a quiet dignity and strength which was typical of her approach to life. She will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.'


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A special assembly was held when the children returned after half term to remember her time there.

Parents have been invited to add their thoughts in a book of condolence, and the school is planning a memorial event later this term.

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Mrs James had been appointed headteacher in April 2008, having moved from her position as deputy headteacher at Stradbroke Primary.

She was described as the outstanding candidate and her 'wonderful sense of commitment and inspired leadership' together with a positive approach had seen her take the school forward.

A funeral service will be held at St John Baptist Church, Shadingfield on Thursday, March 1 at 11.15am.

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