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Ian Shaw: Service of thanksgiving for life of former Bishop's Stortford High School head




Ian Shaw back at TBSHS in 2013 with Alan Fordham, chairman of governors and acting head Paul Noble (10524457)
Ian Shaw back at TBSHS in 2013 with Alan Fordham, chairman of governors and acting head Paul Noble (10524457)

A service of thanksgiving will be held in June for Ian Shaw, the inspirational headmaster credited with transforming The Bishop’s Stortford High School (TBSHS).

When he took up his role in 1980 the London Road school was a bleak secondary modern, but by the time he retired in 1998 it was an institution with a prestigious reputation.

Mr Shaw died on Monday, March 18 aged 83. His passing prompted a flood of tributes from students and staff who worked under him.

TBSHS is working with his widow Barbara and children Geraldine and Robin to hold the service of thanksgiving at St Michael’s Church in Windhill on Monday, June 24 from 2pm.

His family said: “We would like to thank all those who have written to us or posted on the condolences page of TBSHS. The letters and posts have been a joy to read and a great support at this time.”

Mr Shaw was instrumental in the high school acquiring playing fields at Jobbers Wood, on the B1004 Great Hadham Road between Bishop's Stortford and Much Hadham. Refreshments will be served there after the service at Windhill.

His funeral took place at Darlington Crematorium on April 1, followed by a gathering in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, close to where he lived.



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