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Paul Wormleighton
« on: January 15, 2004, 06:16:41 pm »
The headteacher at Chancellor's School has died following a heart attack on Wednesday night.

The school has described Mr Paul Wormleighton's death as a "grievous loss".

In a letter, sent home with all pupils this evening, Mr Wormleighton is described as a "great headteacher and a true and generous friend to the whole Chancellor's community."

For more details click here.

Please feel free to add any tributes here. This page will eventually be printed off and sent to the school.
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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2004, 08:12:05 pm »
Having seen Mr Wormleighton at various village days in the past, I thought he was a fine person and a good sport.
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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2004, 08:41:37 pm »
There are NO words that can discribe this tragic loss.

The best thing is to let the tears roll.

There is no shame in it.

He will be missed by thousands.

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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2004, 09:23:29 pm »
Couldn't agree more. It has come as a shock to us all. He was a great man and a person of great inspiration to all who knew him. As a pupil of the school and as a Head boy, I couldn't of wished for such a great head master. Thank you.
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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2004, 10:13:57 am »
 :'( :'( :'(There are few words that can bring comfort to Mr Wormleighton's family at this moment, but maybe in the future knowing that so many people thought so highly of him, not just as a great Headmaster but as a wonderful man, will give them some comfort at such a great loss. My family, including three Chancellors pupils, offer our deepest condolence.
 

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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2004, 10:54:45 am »
Although I left the school before Paul joined, as a former Head Boy, like Nick, I share the great sadness that this loss has caused to the community. I had the pleasure of working with Paul as a representative from the North Mymms Youth and Community Centre in their successful bid for Specialist School's Status and hold the school in a great deal of affection. Via this forum, and on behalf of the Centre, I express heart felt condolences to staff, pupils, parents and most of all, Paul's family on this tragic loss. Martin
 

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2004, 06:39:45 am »
I remember the first day I saw Paul, as a staff member the worry and excitment about who was to become our next headmaster was a major talking point. Certainly he was different from the other candidates in that he was not wearing a suit, rather a blazer and trousers.
This was an indication of the strength of character that he displayed over the coming years.
I had my clashes with him, but he always seemed to respect that difference of opinion. Without a doubt Paul always supported his staff and allowed a great deal of freedom to develop new ideas. This was a measure of his self confidence and belief in the ability of those under him.
Having left teaching a number of years ago I can appeciate his management style, as it allowed individuals to develop and learn from their mistakes in a confident environment.

Paul was an excellent example of the best that the teaching profession can produce to lead other educators forward.
 

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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2004, 03:53:23 pm »
 :'(Being a former pupil there 1996-2002, I was shocked to hear of his sudden death. Throught the 6 years i was there I saw him on a daily basis and in the 6th form he gave me a job which was kind and whenever he needed a job doing he always asked me. He will be missed by everyone.

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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2004, 12:44:45 am »
The family of Paul Wormleighton is planning a private funeral for the late headteacher of Chancellorís School. There are plans for a memorial service in February. A date has yet to be confirmed. Click here for more details.
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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2004, 11:24:27 pm »
A memorial service is to be held in St Albans Cathedral on Monday 9 February for Chancellorís head Paul Wormleighton. The family will hold a private funeral next week. More details
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2004, 01:47:25 pm »
I attended Chancellors from 1994-1999. I've always thought highly of Mr Womleighton, and as a head master, I believe you could not do any better. He was a very genuine man, who treated everybody with respect and made the school a happy environment to be in.

He touched the hearts of many people and will be greatly missed by everybody who came into contact with him!!

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of the family - x -

Kate Lewsley † † :'(
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2004, 11:23:59 pm »
I left Chancellor's after attending the school for 6 years this year. Mr Wormleighton was a kind, caring man who did his best to help all pupils at his school. It has been a shock hearing of his sudden death, he will be truely missed.
 

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Re: Paul Wormleighton
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2004, 10:32:13 am »
Chancellor's School has sent a letter home with all pupils giving details of the memorial service for Paul Wormleighton. It is reproduced here for those who want to know about the service, but don't have a child at the school. It will be reproduced on the site later.


Dear Parents,

The Memorial Service for Mr. Paul Wormleighton


The final details are now in place for the memorial service which as previously stated will take place on Monday, February 9th at 2.30pm in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban.

The school will be closed for the whole day as a mark of respect. Everyone is welcome to attend the service. Pupils must wear their school uniform. I am sure that this will be most appropriate for the occasion.

The school choir will be taking part in the service and separate instructions will be given to choir members by the Music Department. This will involve a rehearsal at school on the Monday morning and a coach will take them to the Abbey in good time to rehearse at the venue itself.

After the service, which should last about an hour and a quarter, there will be a reception at Chancellor's. There will be a simple buffet and an opportunity to view the hundreds of cards and letters that have flooded into the school over the last two weeks. At this time the Books of Condolence will also be available.

This week in year assemblies Mrs Freeman and I will be talking to the pupils about the service and offering them an opportunity to write something about Mr Wormleighton if they wish They will bring home paper to write down their thoughts. These may be returned to the School Office. The pupils' tributes will be word processed and then bound into a special book to be presented to the family.

The memorial service itself is to be a celebration of Mr. Wormleighton's life and achievements. To this end there will be songs, poems and other tributes from family, friends and colleagues.

At the end of the service there will be an opportunity to contribute to the'Paul Wormleighton Memorial Fund' or if you wish cheques can be sent direct to the School Office. Many thanks to the many people who have already donated money.

Parking is not easy in St. Albans. Parking is available in the multi-storey Makings car park, or St. Christopher Place or behind Marks and Spencers. I am advised that on festival days at the Abbey many people use the Westminster Lodge car park situated at the bottom of Holywell Hill. (Please allow at least 10 minutes to walk up hill to the Abbey).

We anticipate that the Abbey will be full, which would be a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much of his life to others.

Yours sincerely,

Brian Towndrow
Acting Headteacher.
February 4th 2004

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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2004, 08:57:03 pm »
I attended the memorial service at St Albans today and was amazed at how many lives Mr Wormleighton must have touched.  He will be missed by everyone at chancellors and everyone who new him. He was my teacher for 2 years and was a great man- I only wish more people told him that while they could.
 

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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2004, 03:03:41 pm »
I attended the service to celebrate Paulís life on Monday and thought it was a fitting tribute to someone who has touched so many peopleís lives in such a positive way.

I was a pupil at Chancellorís from 1984 Ė 91 and was Head Boy during my last year there. I went back to the school on Monday, after the service, and it felt so warm and welcoming. I met so many members of staff who taught me and are still there, or had returned to pay their respects, which I think really says it all.  Paul Wormleighton always brought a sense of stability, continuity and a real sense of belonging and that was so evident on Monday. Iím really proud to say I went to Chancellorís and thatís down to Paul Wormleighton and his staff. He has left an amazing legacy.
 

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