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Tributes paid to Wells Hall Primary School headteacher Jim Cleaver

Tributes have been paid to the headteacher of Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard, Jim Cleaver, who died at the weekend.

A statement released by the school today announced that Mr Cleaver had suffered a heart attack on Sunday, having spent the day at home with his family.

The school, located in Wells Hall Road, had been due to open to more children from Monday, June 1, but confirmed that this will now be delayed, with a new date to be confirmed later this week.

Headteacher Jim Cleaver. (35396699)
Headteacher Jim Cleaver. (35396699)

Paying tribute to Mr Cleaver, a statement from the school said: "Jim has been our headteacher of Wells Hall Primary School in Great Cornard for the last three years.

"Our fondest memories of him include his wonderful sense of humour, his love of reading and sharing stories with the children, his enthusiasm for the great outdoors and passion for instilling this into Wells Hall life.

"We all knew how important Jim's family was to him, and we wish his wife, three daughters, parents, brother and sister and his wider family our very best wishes at this time of such sadness.

"We are proud to have been associated with Jim and are committed to building on all that he has done in his time at Wells Hall Primary School.

"In our intense sadness, we remember this with great gratitude and regret that he was not with us for longer.

"We have already been touched by the number of tributes to Mr Cleaver from staff at Wells Hall Primary School.

"One tribute read: 'Understandably, I am absolutely devastated at the news of Jim's sudden death. He truly was a wonderful, selfless man who put everyone before himself. He will be greatly missed by the whole Wells Hall community.'"

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