Sad News

Hello Friends

Happy Easter and I hope you are all keeping safe and well? I am just writing with some sad news that one of our colleagues and friends Michael Thompson sadly died on Friday after a serious cycling accident with a car which left him critically injured. Michael was with his wife Pauline and daughter Sarah listening to his favourite Bob Dylan music as he peacefully passed away in the RVI.

Michael just recently retired from a very successful teaching career which culminated with his Headship at Priory School in Hexham where he built an outstanding community of specialist education. Michael had also taught in a number of schools in Northumberland and Washington and was committed to our children, young people and their families.

Alongside Keith Humphreys, Michael was instrumental in establishing what we now know as EQUALS and was a pioneer in promoting collaborative approaches with colleagues sharing best practice and developing the curriculum we now take for granted in our schools. He was also my best mate, the kind of friend everyone would want, loyal, caring, funny, challenging full of wisdom and full of love. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy with Pauline, David, Steve, Pete and Sarah and his beloved grandson ‘little Mike’. He also leaves behind a fantastic community at Priory who will also be grieving his loss. I am sure you would like to pass on your best wishes to all at Priory and to his wife Pauline and to all those that knew and loved this special man.

Chris Rollings,
EQUALS Chairperson & Head Teacher of Hadrian School, Newcastle upon Tyne.