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University of Chichester Academy Trust announces death of much-loved headteacher

THE University of Chichester Academy Trust is saddened to announce the death of headteacher Mr Deamonn Hewett-Dale after a short illness unrelated to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Hewett-Dale was a much-loved and respected member of the Portsmouth education community who served as headteacher at The Flying Bull Academy in Portsmouth for almost 20 years. More recently he was an Executive leader at the University of Chichester Academy Trust, sharing his expertise and supporting other Headteachers across the Trust.

Sue Samson MBE, who leads the University of Chichester Academy Trust, said: “Deamonn was an exceptional headteacher and a very special man, always seeking the very best for the children in his care and providing support, inspiration and friendship to his colleagues.

“He has left us all with many happy memories and with a huge legacy of quality provision in a truly inclusive environment both at The Flying Bull Academy and across the Trust. The world is a better place because of his input and he will be sorely missed by us all. Our thoughts are with his family at his difficult time.”

Parents, friends, and anyone from the Portsmouth community who would like to send a message of condolence or share their memories of Mr Deamonn Hewett-Dale, to be included in a remembrance book for the family, are asked to email unicat@chi.ac.uk rather than post messages on social media or the Academy’s Facebook page.

The Academy will be guided by his family with regard to the funeral and the opportunity for our community to attend and details, once known, will be posted to the Academy’s website, www.fbacademy.co.uk. The Flying Bull colleagues will also be planning a memorial and will announce details on the Academy’s website at www.unicat.org.uk.