Touching tributes to Wisbech head teacher Neil Sears
PUBLISHED: 11:15 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010
TRIBUTES have poured in overnight and this morning for inspirational head teacher Neil Sears, who is thought to have killed himself on Tuesday. Mr Sears, 52, head of Meadowgate specialist school, in Wisbech was found dead on school grounds at around 5.
TRIBUTES have poured in overnight and this morning for "inspirational" head teacher Neil Sears, who is thought to have killed himself on Tuesday.
Mr Sears, 52, head of Meadowgate specialist school, in Wisbech was found dead on school grounds at around 5.15pm.
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and have handed the case over to the coroner's office.
Sue Brewer, chair of governors at Meadowgate School, said on Wednesday: "Neil Sears was inspirational and caring with staff, pupils, their parents and families and anyone who had any dealings with him. He will be greatly missed. The school is closed today as a mark of respect."
A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said he expected the 116-pupil school to re-open tomorrow.
Mr Sears had worked at Meadowgate School for more than 13 years and had been head teacher for three years.
The following tributes have been left on the Wisbech Standard website:
"A wonderful teacher , but more than that , such a great bloke." (Suthead)
"A fantastic head teacher who will be greatly missed. Neil always appeared to be happy and was always friendly towards everyone the school will not be the same without him. R.I.P Neil and God bless.xx" (J Norris)
"You were a top man and will be greatly missed luv Nathan." (Tad)
"It's still not hit home that I will never see your friendly cheerful face again. You have done so much for my brother and he is missing you and so are all the rest of us who have been lucky to meet you. You will never be forgotten and never be replaced as your heart was made of gold. I hope you rest well with the angles by your side. Our thoughts are all with you xxxxxxxxxxx" (Jade)
"That is so sad, my son Brian went to Meadowgate and Mr Sears was his teacher, Brian said he was the best teacher ever, kind and caring. I also found Mr Sears very good. If I needed to have a word about Brian and how he was doing .Brian and I send our thoughts and condolences to Mr Sears' family. Brian is quite upset about it." (Brian and Cheryl Thurston)
"Neil was my teacher at Meadowgate School, but I always saw him as a close friend. He helped me through some hard times. Thanks to Neil I am a better person. He was such a wonderful man and a great personality. He was always in my thoughts and I wish I had stopped putting off going back to school to see him. That will haunt me for the rest of my life. He was a great man and I will miss him. Rest in peace sir." (Wayne Shepherd)
"It's still not hit home that we won't see your friendly cheerful face again putting a smile on everyone else's faces. You have done so much for my brother and he defo is missing you just like the rest of us who have been lucky to meet you. You will neva be forgotten and you can never be replaced. Your heart was made of gold - going to miss you, rest with the angles xxxxxxxxxxxxx" (Jade)
"My love and thoughts are with Neil's family and everybody at Meadowgate School, staff and pupils xx. Neil's passion and love of Meadowgate was second to none. He was dedicated to his staff and his kids xx. Neil will be sorely missed by many xx. His spirit will live on with every child he ever taught and make them better adults xxx
RIP Neil...........you will never be forgotten xx" (Jacqueline & Billy Church)
"I will never forget the Christmas play 08 when you was jumping and signing around with the children. You will be missed so much. Our thoughts go out to all your family at this sad time." (Bass)
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