WISBECH: School closed for day as mark of respect for head believed to have committed suicide

PUBLISHED: 12:35 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

THE head teacher of a Wisbech specialist school was found dead at the school last night. Neil Sears, head of Meadowgate School, was discovered shortly after 5.15pm. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances. Sue Brewer, chair of governors at Meado

THE head teacher of a Wisbech specialist school was found dead at the school last night.

Neil Sears, head of Meadowgate School, was discovered shortly after 5.15pm. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Sue Brewer, chair of governors at Meadowgate School, said: "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 police spokesman said that the death was not being treated as suspicious and the case is to be handed over to the coroner's office.

Mr Sears had worked at Meadowgate School for more than 13 years.

He had been the head teacher for three years.

Meadowgate is a community mixed special day school maintained by Cambridgeshire County Council.

It offers education to children with either moderate or severe learning difficulties.

Students range in age from two to 19.

Meadowgate was one of the Fenland schools earmarked for major improvement and upgrading in the next few years as part of the county council's Building Schools for the Future initiative.

Earlier yesterday Mr Sears attended the opening of the new Oasis children's centre in Wisbech which had been officially opened by the Mayor of Wisbech, Councillor Jonathan Farmer.


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