Photo: John Rowlands (Middle)

Police were called at shortly after 2pm on Saturday July 4th to a report of a sudden death at Ormskirk C of E Primary School, Greetby Hill, Ormskirk.

Officers attended and sadly found the body of a 58 year old man.

The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage and a file will be prepared for HM Coroner.

Richard France, Chair of Governors at the school, sent a letter home to parents.

The letter said:

“We are deeply saddened to inform you that our Head Teacher Mr. Rowlands, passed away over the weekend. This has come as a shock to us all and I know he will be greatly missed by pupils, parents and staff alike.

“The school will remain open as usual and we will maintain normality in your child’s education and other school activities.

“Under Mr Rowlands’ leadership our school has always been a supportive and caring place for its pupils and that ethos will be all the more important at this time.

“The news that Mr Rowlands has died will affect the children in different ways and we will of course provide support to any pupils as they need it.

“We feel that parents should have the opportunity to share this news with their own children in a way that they feel appropriate. Hence we have maintained a normal day in school and so this has not been discussed with the children.

“Class teachers will share this very sad news with the children tomorrow in a supportive way and appropriate to ages and development and under the guidance of the Lancashire County Council Professional Support Team.

“I shall be working closely with staff, govenors, colleagues from Lancashire County Council both to ensure school life continues normally and to begin making arrangements for the future leadership of the school.

“Please join us in keeping Mr Rowlands and his family in our thoughts and prayers at this time.”


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