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School Head Pays Tribute To Sir John Colfox

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6:36am 15th July 2014
(Updated 4:20pm 15th July 2014)

The man who's name is given to Bridport's senior school, has died.

Sir John Colfox was 90 and passed away at the weekend.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday 23rd July at St John the Baptist at Symondsbury.

Current school headteacher Kay Taylor gave Wessex FM this statement:

''It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Sir John Colfox.  Sir John has been involved with the school for very many years.  He was Chair of Governors for 18 years and continued to be interested in, and supportive of, all the school did.  He attended almost every Carol Service and Senior Prize-giving and  was pleased to hear about the successes of the school.  All our students will have seen him at events and will know of his continuing support for all they do.  Staff and governors will miss his wisdom, his insight into local matters and his unwavering desire to ensure that the children of Bridport should have the very best education possible.''

“I have known Sir John since the time I came to the school as a deputy head in 1994.  He was Chair of Governors at that point and on the panel that appointed me.  Sir John had a strong sense of duty and a belief in public service.  This led to his involvement in a number of local charities and local events as well as his support for the school which bears his name.  When the school was being re-designed and PFI contracts were being discussed, Sir John was always keen to see that the school got the best deal possible and he was delighted to give his name to the new secondary school which opened in 1999.  The students in the school know Sir John and have a strong sense of the continuity of support that the Colfox family have always given the school.  His dedication and sense of humour will be deeply missed.  He had a wonderful sense of perspective on education policies and politics, largely because he had seen it all before and he knew that new initiatives were often just re-cycled old ideas.  For the staff, governors and students in the school he was always there supporting the school.  He very often put duty before personal needs, and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his unwavering support over the years.  He will be deeply missed.”

''We extend our deepest sympathy to the Colfox family.  Our thoughts are with them''.

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