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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 September, 2004, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Tributes to 'dynamic' head
Dr Sue Noake
Dr Noake had spent her entire career at the school
Tributes have been made after the death of a "popular" head teacher in the Rhymney Valley.

Dr Sue Noake, head teacher of Lewis Girls' School in Ystrad Mynach, died last week after a short illness.

Fellow professionals have spoken of their sadness about the death and have described her as "popular and dedicated".

The funeral of Dr Noake, who was 52 and leaves a husband and two children, is to be held on Friday.

Dr Noake had started her career as a student teacher at Lewis Girls' Schoool, working her way up the ranks to become the head in 1996.

"Dr Sue Noake devoted thirty years of her life to Lewis Girls' School, a school which she held close to her heart. In fact her name was synonymous with the school," said the school in a statement.

She was hugely respected by the pupils and colleagues because she knew how to teach and what worked
Dr Chris Howard

"She was a brilliant teacher, an excellent practioner who always sought to make science exciting and accessible to pupils of all ability."

Dr Chris Howard, the head of nearby Lewis Boys' School, said that the whole community had been dealt a blow by the death of Dr Noake.

"Without doubt there is a gloom right across the Rhymney Valley," said Dr Howard, who is also the president of the National Association of Head Teachers in Wales.

"She was well respected by her colleagues, parents and pupils and is going to be greatly missed.

"She was known as being dynamic, tireless and devoted.

"Her death at 52 was very unexpected and tragic and it will hit the school hard.

'Saddened'

"She was hugely respected by the pupils and colleagues because she knew how to teach and what worked," he added.

His comments were supported by Caerphilly Council's education director, David Hopkins.

"I am extremely saddened by this news," he said.

"Sue was much loved and respected and she will be greatly missed by her pupils, colleagues and the wider community.

"The authority has lost a dedicated and committed head teacher in Sue," he added.

The funeral of Dr Noake will be held at Wenallt Chapel, Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff at 1330 BST on Friday.


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