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Chancellor's Letter to Parents
Re: Memorial Service for Paul Wormleighton

23 January 2004

Dear Parents

We have been truly overwhelmed by the flowers and messages of condolence that have been flooding into the School. These have been a source of strength to us all in these difficult days.

The family of Mr. Wormleighton has asked me to pass on their thanks and gratitude for the messages and cards that have been sent to them personally. They came to the School one evening this week to view the flowers and cards that have been displayed inside the entrance and were deeply moved by the response from the School, the local community and elsewhere.

I can confirm that the funeral which will take place at the end of next week will be a private affair. There will be no individual flowers but we will be sending a floral tribute from the staff and governors and one from the pupils and parents. It is the wish of the family that the School remains open on this occasion and we will honour that request.

The School will be closed for the whole of the day, however on Monday 9 February for the Memorial Service which will be held in the Cathedral & Abbey Church of St. Alban, St. Albans at 2.30 in the afternoon to which you are invited to attend. Family flowers only by request. This will be followed by a simple buffet/reception to be held at the School.

A book of condolence will be available from next Monday in the main reception for parents and friends of the School to sign. The book will also be available at the Parents' Evenings for years 7, 8 and 11 and after the Memorial Service. During the next two weeks a book of condolence will be opened for our pupils.

After consultation with the family, it has been decided to open a 'Paul Wormleighton Memorial Fund'. It will be used to enhance the all round education of present and future pupils and we believe a fitting tribute to a man who has given so much to young people over a lifetime of service.

If you would like to contribute to this fund, please send your donations by cheque to: 'The Paul Wormleighton Memorial Fund', placed in an envelope clearly marked: 'Memorial Fund' and send into the School Office. Any contributions will be most gratefully received.

Over the last week, staff and pupils have all found comfort in supporting each other. The School has run smoothly and there is a resolve to maintain the ethos and standards that Paul Wormleighton instilled in us all. The team that he put in place will ensure that we do not deviate from the course that he has set.

Yours sincerely

Brian Towndrow
On behalf of the Staff

23 January 2004

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