Fond farewell to 'outstanding' head
It was standing room only at St Albans Cathedral as pupils and staff from Chancellor’s School joined family and friends for a memorial service for Paul Wormleighton.
The 'Service Of Thanksgiving For The Life Of Paul Wormleighton', opened with the choir of Chancellor’s School singing Bach’s ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’.
Anna Wormleighton, Paul’s daughter, read her ‘memories of my father’. The choir of Chancellor’s School sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from one of Paul’s favourite musicals, Carousel. Year 7 pupil Jordan Biggs recited her ‘Poem for Mr Wormleighton’,
‘To Sir with Love’ was sung by Chancellor's sixth-formers because it was a song which always made Paul smile, reminding him of the time he began teaching.
‘Ashokan Farewell’ was performed, on violin, by Paul’s daughter Anna. It was a lament she often played for her father, and one he particularly liked. Anna was accompanied on piano by her school friend, Stephanie Rawlins
The song ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’ from the musical Blood Brothers was sung by Adam Towndrow accompanied by his sister Bianca, both ex-pupils of Chancellor’s. Paul saw the musical five times with his daughter Anna.
‘Ave Maria’ was sung by Carl Rutherford, a family friend and member of the Letchworth Arcadians operatic society, of which Paul's daughter Anna is a member and Paul, and his wife Alison, have been enthusiastic supporters. It was a song Paul loved.
The memorial service was followed by a reception and buffet at the school where visitors were able to see the hundreds of cards and messages which have been pouring into the school over recent weeks.
You can leave tributes to Paul Wormleighton in a special forum thread. The page of messages will be forwarded to the school.
9 February 2004
Memorial day for head - 9 February 2004
Memorial service details announced - 5 February 2004
Chancellor’s acting headteacher confirmed - 31 January 2004
Cathedral memorial for headteacher - 23 January 2004
School letter to parents regarding memorial service - 23 January 2004
Private funeral for headteacher - 19 January 2004
Chancellor's 'outstanding' headteacher dies - 15 January 2004