HERE are some of the tributes being paid to Sue Jenkins today:


I really hope Miss Jenkins was aware of the respect and thanks all of the past and present pupils had for her

— Conor. (@qmconor) May 12, 2014

UPDATE: 1.23pm

Allt-yr-Yn Tory councillor David Fouweather, who is a governor at the school and who has a son there, told the Argus: “I’m saddened to hear the death of Sue Jenkins. She was an inspirational head teacher at St Josephs and will be greatly missed by staff, pupils and parents.”


UPDATE: 10.0am

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Newport head teacher who has died after a "long and brave" fight against cancer.

Sue Jenkins, head teacher of St Josephs High School for over 20 years died this morning.

Acting headteacher Trevor Brown said: “It is with deepest regret and enormous sadness that we have said a final goodbye to our Headteacher, Miss Sue Jenkins. She passed away this morning after a long and brave fight against cancer.

“Miss Jenkins was an exemplary and highly respected leader who worked tirelessly to get the best from everyone. Her selfless approach and commitment to both staff and students was an inspiration.

"She took an interest in every student, knowing and caring for them as individuals and was a genuine role model for both staff and students in her tenacious approach to teaching and learning."

He added Miss Jenkins began her career at St Joseph's High School as Deputy Headteacher in January 1992 and became Headteacher in April 1997. During that time the school has become sector leading being awarded seven grade 1's in all of the Estyn key questions in Spring 2007; a grading that was supported by the Section 50 inspection which looked at Catholic life in the School.

This outstanding achievement was further supported in January 2013 when Estyn inspectors judged the school's overall current performance and it's prospects for improvement to be "Excellent" - the highest overall gradings a school can receive.

Paul Bennett, Chair of Governors said "Miss Jenkins was an inspirational Headteacher whose selfless inner drive was always to do the very best for her students and the community she served and we are all very grateful and deeply indebted to her and will miss her greatly".

Miss Jenkins was awarded an OBE for her "extraordinary services to education", receiving her award in June last year from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

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