This summer, we received the very sad news of the deaths of two former members of staff, Mr David Rowlands and Mrs Ann Wade.
Ann Wade grew up in Liverpool, a city that held an important place in her heart. She taught English and Humanities at Tarporley from 1982 until her retirement in 2006. She was also Head of Careers. In this role she skilfully guided many, many students onto the next stage of their lives Ann had a great passion for literature and for education, and a lively sense of humour. She loved reading and poetry, and she supported, encouraged and inspired countless Tarporley students over the years. She was a great friend to her colleagues, especially the teachers in the English and Humanities Faculties. Ann enjoyed a busy and creative life after retirement and thoroughly enjoyed being a grandmother.
David Rowlands grew up in Buckley, just over the border in Flintshire and later adopted Crewe as his home town. He was Deputy Headteacher at Tarporley from 1989 to 1996. He made a key contribution to the popularity, high standards and growing reputation of Tarporley High School during those years. David taught Science and Chemistry to A Level. He was a sharp, analytical thinker, and had a tremendous knowledge of all aspects of the school. From 1996, he continued his dedicated support for Tarporley High as Assistant Registrar until 2002 and remained highly involved in Tarporley life, as a governor. He also continued to coach students in Chemistry for GCSE and A Level. David was a keen sportsman; a cricketer, a Liverpool fan, and a runner. He loved the mountains of North Wales and the Lake District. He was also a tireless fundraiser for Cancer Research.
I know many of you are former Tarporley students and will remember Mr Rowlands and Mrs Wade. I worked with both of them. They were dedicated, professionals and highly skilled teachers. I know how much this school, its students and its community of staff, parents and partners meant to them. David died in May, of cancer, and Ann died in June, also of cancer. They are sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues.