Tributes paid to hard-working and loving headteacher

A well-respected and much-loved headteacher has lost her cancer battle, aged 50.

Thursday, 4th August 2016, 11:00 am
Sally Wood

Sally Wood was headteacher at Hugh Joicey C of E Aided First School, in Ford.

She passed away on Saturday, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in November last year.

Sally, from Alnwick, leaves behind husband of 29 years Richard, 51, as well as daughters Ellen, 26, Beth, 24, Rowan, 21, and Caitlin, 19.

Her funeral will be held next Thursday at St Michael and All Angels Church in Ford at 10.30am, with refreshments afterwards at the village school.

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Sally had taught in schools in Northumberland for numerous years. In 1996, she took up a post at Longhoughton C of E First School.

In 2000, she moved to the Early Years’ Unit at Grange View First School, in Widdrington, reaching the post of senior manager.

She then moved back to Longhoughton to take on a deputy head post in 2005.

Three years later, she was appointed to the headship at Hugh Joicey First School.

Sally’s love had always been children, whether it was her four daughters or those in her care at school, and throughout her career she devoted her life to learning and development.

She has been described as a hard-working woman with a great sense of humour.

For the last four months, HospiceCare North Northumberland worked with Sally and her family, providing care and support at home. Sally’s sons-in-law Luke Comer and Luke Bray, as well as her daughter’s boyfriend Harry Roberts have entered this year’s Great North Run on behalf of the charity. To sponsor them, visit requested that rather than send flowers, donations be made to HospiceCare North Northumberland or Maggie’s Centre in Newcastle.