St Edmund Arrowsmith Head Teacher Martyn Campbell Has Died

By on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Staff, students and governors at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning in Whiston are today coming to terms with the sad news that their principal, Mr Martyn Campbell, passed away yesterday (Tuesday 14 June), following an illness.

“We are all devastated by this tragic news,” said John Robson, Chair of Governors. “Mr Campbell had worked in Knowsley since 1977 and joined St Edmund Arrowsmith School in 1984, becoming leader of the school in 2006.

“He was highly respected and popular among staff and students, governors and the wider community, always willing to help students to achieve their best.

“Mr Campbell was an enthusiastic sportsman in his leisure time, acting as scout for Leicester City Football Club for many years. So he was particularly delighted when Leicester City were crowned as champions in May of this year.

“He will be missed immensely by staff, students and governors and we feel privileged to have been a part of his life. We are thinking of his family at this very sad time.

“Today we have spent time together in form groups to reflect on Mr Campbell’s life and pray for him.

Later this week each year group will have special assemblies with Julie, our Chaplain, to pray together for Mr Campbell and his family and friends.

“In time, our students will decide how best they would like to remember Mr Campbell in a permanent memorial in our school.”

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Children’s Service added that “Martyn was truly dedicated and committed to his profession.

Despite his illness, he remained at school, providing guidance and leadership to his staff and students. This is a testament to him and his commitment to wanting the very best for young people in Knowsley.

He was well respected by staff and pupils alike and was held in high esteem by other head teachers, both in the borough and outside of the area.

“My condolences go to his family at this very sad time.”

The school’s website notes that Martyn Campbell’s death comes just a few days after the sudden passing of a Year 11 student, Sean Gillies.


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