Sadness has overshadowed results day
YSGOL Friars headteacher Neil Foden said some youngsters were in tears as they came to get their GCSE results last week, returning to the school for the first time since the sudden and tragic death of Gareth Parry.
Mr Foden (pictured inset), who is godfather to six-year-old Jac and 21-month-old Beth, described Mr Parry as his closest friend.
Mr Foden said: “It’s been a strange day because this is the day that’s normally one of the e happiest days in children’s lives.
“The staff are all here to greet the pupils, there will be lots of us celebrating the pupil’s successes but it’s obviously not the same at all because so many people will realise that it’s the first time that we’ve had one of these results days without Gareth being present.
“He was a tremendous deputy head teacher. Probably one of the best teachers we’ve ever had.
“He’s made a huge impact on lots of children’s lives.
“So while we’re really happy for the children, it’s all tinged with sadness for the fact that he’s not here.
“Gareth was proud of the pupils and immensely proud of the school. It would’ve been one of the days of the year that he would’ve enjoyed most.”