‘Quiet but firm’ headteacher dies suddenly

POPULAR: Bill Hill died suddenly while living abroad
POPULAR: Bill Hill died suddenly while living abroad
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Tributes have been paid to a popular headteacher who took early retirement to Live the Dream in the sun.

Bill Hill, the last headteacher at the former Tulketh Community Sports College in Preston, died suddenly at the age of 61.

His shock death came just six years after he swapped the Ingol school and Lancashire for a new life with his wife Janet in Cyprus.

Tulketh has since closed after merging with Fulwood Academy.

Janet, who was named National School Administrator of the Year while working at Banks Methodist Primary School, had also given up her job after the couple had learned Greek in preparation for their new life.

After moving to the sun drenched island Bill found himself back at school, working with former Wellfield High school headteacher Martin Ainsworth - who has just retired as principal at the King Richard School which serves the British Army bases on the island.

Bill, who lived in Hesketh Bank, took over the helm at Tulketh in January 2003, moving from Leyland’s Worden Sports College, which he had steered to sports college status while he was deputy head.

His wife had also worked as office manager at the Westfield Drive, Leyland, school.

Described as a “quiet but firm leader” he prided himself on running a school which focused on raising self esteem among it’s young students and making high quality teaching and learning exciting.

During a four year period under his rein Tulketh was named the second most improved school in Lancashire and in the top five most improved schools in the North West.

Between 2001 and 2003 the Tag Lane school picked up four top national awards.

Former deputy headteacher and head of sport at Tulketh Terry Dickenson worked with Bill throughout his time at Tulketh.

He said: “Bill was a great guy and like myself only wanted what was best for young people and to see them achieve-in respects we were very similar in our views of what young people can do.”

Bereaved are his widow Janet, three children and two stepchildren.

A funeral service and committal was held at Charnock Richard Crematorium.

Did you know Bill? Leave your tributes online at lep.co.uk