A former pupil made this for me to sit on the wall next to my desk – thank you Alicia.

As I write this blog it has been a really tough couple of weeks for everyone associated with our school community because of the tragic passing of our universally loved Head of Mathematics,  Mrs Jo Evans.  It would have been really difficult at any time, but it the current pandemic situation it seems to be even worse. 

There were lots of tears in school when the staff found out the tragic news and I know that would have multiplied to pupils and parents once our wider school community found out.  If you haven’t seen the letter I wrote to all of our parents you can read it by clicking here  https://www.arrowsmith.wigan.sch.uk/parents/letters-to-parents

I won’t repeat my words from that letter, but I do want to thank everyone in our school community and beyond for their words of condolence on our website.  So many people have paid lovely tributes to Mrs Evans as a person, friend, teacher and work colleague, it will be an absolute privilege to present an actual book of condolence that we will print out and give to the family next week. 

Last Monday it was Mrs Evans’ funeral and it goes without stating that it was an extremely sad and emotional occasion for the many people who attended (although outside in these strange times), it was hard for work colleagues and friends but nothing in comparison to what the family were going through.  I was fortunate enough to speak to Mrs Evans family a lot last Monday and over the last couple of weeks, they are really lovely people - just like Mrs Evans.  They went out of their way to make us feel welcome and we talked about many happy memories we shared of Mrs Evans, describing a wonderful person, whom we all shall miss terribly. 

Mrs Evans was obviously an integral part of her family, as well as our ‘Eddies’ family and we are all blessed to have known her, our lives have been enriched by working with her or being taught by her and each of us will carry her memory around with us in our hearts.




Posted by Plennon on 29 June 2020

Category: Headteacher's blog