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Term 5 & 6 2015



13th April 2015


Dear parents or carers,


We are devastated to have to announce the tragic news that our Executive Head Teacher, Mrs Andrea Norris passed away suddenly with heart problems on Tuesday 7th April at Derriford Hospital. Our thoughts at this time are with her family, friends and particularly her husband Kevin and their children Joe, Jack and Charlie.


Mrs Norris was much loved and respected and will be greatly missed by all the staff, children, parents and governors. We will plan a memorial to celebrate her many achievements and the vast contribution that she made to the lives of so many children in the Southway community. We will let parents know when this will take place later this term.


During our non-pupil day all school staff were given guidance and advice from our Educational Psychologist and trained counsellors on how to support the children during this very difficult time. The children will be reassured that their teachers and teaching assistants will answer their questions at school and provide appropriate support.


There is a memory book for parents and carers to sign and leave a message of condolence; this will be available in the community area from 8.50am to 9.30am each morning this week. If you wish to leave flowers at school, please place them on the boat in the memorial garden at the beginning and end of each day.


The funeral for Mrs Norris will be on Friday 24th April and both Beechwood and Oakwood Schools will be closed for the day. The family have requested family flowers only for the funeral. However if you wish to make a donation please bring it into school and we will pass it onto the family.




Yours sincerely


Mrs Hannah Randall - Chair of Governors

Mrs Carol Lant - Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Jackie Sparrow – Head of School - Oakwood

Mrs Lisa Evans – Head of School - Beechwood