Tributes to city head­teacher

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

Thor­ney Abbey was packed as dozens of peo­ple paid trib­ute to a pop­u­lar Peter­bor­ough head­teacher who taught at the same school for 23 years.

Philip Williams was in charge at Wil­liam Law pri­mary school in Wer­ring­ton for more than two decades be­tween 1987 and 2010.

The fa­ther of two died a few days short of his 68 th birth­day on Au­gust 18 af­ter a bat­tle with can­cer.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice was held at Thor­ney Abbey yes­ter­day, at­tended by fam­ily, friends and for­mer col­leagues and pupils.

Philip was ap­pointed Head des­ig­nate at Wil­liam Law school in early 1987 and over saw the com­ple­tion of the build­ing and ap­point­ment of all the orig­i­nal staff at the school. The school ex­panded rapidly in size into a three form en­try school, which at that time was the largest in Peter­bor­ough.

A state­ment from his fam­ily said: “As well as mak­ing a point of know­ing all pupils per­son­ally Philip was pas­sion­ate in his be­lief that all chil­dren de­served an all-round ed­u­ca­tion.

“His own love for singing and run­ning im­pacted the school through the ex­cep­tional qual­ity mu­sic and sport pro­vi­sion pro­vided.

“He al­ways in­spired all chil­dren to do their best and be proud of their achievements.”

Pre­vi­ously Philip had­been Head at Peakirk cum Glin­ton Pri­mary School.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Univer­sity and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Glin­ton coun­cil­lor John Holdich said: “I first met him when he was head teacher in Glin­ton. He was a great head teacher for that school - he moved to Wil­liam Law, and made that into a re­ally good school. A lot of young peo­ple have a lot to be thank­ful for thanks to Philip.”

Philip, who was born in the Welsh Val­leys, also sang in Peter­bor­ough Male Voice Choir. He was a mem­ber of Thor­ney Run­ning Club and served as a lay Reader at the parish churches of Thor­ney and New­bor­ough, tak­ing, as­sist­ing and preach­ing in ser­vices up to the week be­fore his death.

Philip leaves be­hind his wifeKathie, daugh­ter­sBethan and Re­becca, and grand­sons Isaac and Lewis.

A page has been set up to raise money for Thor­ney Abbey in his mem­ory.

Peo­ple can visit www.justgiv­ing.com/philip­williamsmemo­rial to do­nate.

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