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Mike Wilde

Condolences go out to the colleagues, family and friends of ASCL member Mike Wilde, who passed away on 18 August after a six-year battle with cancer. He was head of Cockermouth School in Cumbria.

Mike was named Headteacher of the Year for the North East and Cumbria in June last year, just before undergoing a major surgery. Although still recovering, he returned to school earlier this year.

He had been head at Cockermouth School for 11 years, having served as deputy for the previous nine years.

His colleague Stuart Reeves, now acting head, said: "Mike was a passionate educationalist and a committed teacher, much loved and respected by his staff and pupils.

"He has influenced the lives of many thousands of youngsters over the years and touched the lives of many people in Cockermouth. Our support and sympathy are with his wife Janet and their girls. We will miss Mike very much."

Honorary degree

ASCL extends congratulations to member Angus Dunphy who was awarded an honorary MEd by the University of Wales in July. He was headteacher of Fitzalan High School, Cardiff, a large inner city multicultural comprehensive school from 1986-2004.

In the last three years Angus has worked part-time as an education consultant and has been involved with headteacher training, training and assessment for initial teacher training students, working with heads and governors on performance and inspection issues and working with LEAs on specific issues.

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