Cathedral tributes to a much-loved headteacher

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PARENTS, pupils, colleagues and friends gathered at Sheffield Cathedral to honour the life and achievements of a popular city headteacher.

Chris Thew, headteacher at Woodthorpe Primary and at Meersbrook Primary before that, died suddenly last May, aged 51.

Chris, had been head at Woodthorpe since September 2003 and oversaw its move into its new school building.

He also introduced an innovative personalised teaching programme into the school called U Can Shine.

The gathering heard that Chris was born in London in 1958 and graduated from Sheffield University with a first class honours degree in history and politics.

He was a Sheffield Wednesday supporter for more than 30 years, and described the play-off weekend in Cardiff as one of the happiest times in his life.

Chris began work in education in Sheffield as a temporary teaching assistant with posts at Beeley Wood Special School, Sharrow Junior School and Dr John Worrall Special School.

He had planned to return to London to study journalism but his experience of working with children with special needs and meeting his future wife, Julie, ensured he was soon securely settled in Sheffield.

Chris taught at Sharrow Junior and Fox Hill schools before becoming deputy headteacher at Anns Grove.

At Meersbrook Bank and Woodthorpe Schools his leadership skills made him both successful and much-loved by staff and pupils.