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Tributes flood in for Knowsley school Principal

by Gemma Melling

Staff, students and governors at St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning in Whiston are today coming to terms with the sad news that their Principal, Mr Martyn Campbell, passed away yesterday following an illness.

“We are all devastated by this tragic news,” said John Robson, Chair of Governors. “Mr Campbell had worked in Knowsley since 1977 and joined St. Edmund Arrowsmith School in 1984, becoming leader of the school in 2006.   He was highly respected and popular among both staff and students, governors and the wider community, always willing to help students to achieve their best.

“Mr Campbell was an enthusiastic sportsman in his leisure time, acting as scout for Leicester City Football Club for many years.  So he was particularly delighted when Leicester City were crowned as champions in May of this year.

“Mr Campbell will be missed immensely by staff, students and governors and we feel privileged to have been a part of his life.  We are thinking of his family at this very sad time.

“Today we have spent time together in Form groups to reflect on Mr Campbell’s life and pray for him.  Later this week each year group will have special assemblies with Julie, our Chaplain, to pray together for Mr Campbell and his family and friends.  In time, our students will decide how best they would like to remember Mr Campbell in a permanent memorial in our school.”

Cllr Gary See, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “Martyn Campbell was truly dedicated and committed to his profession.

“Despite his illness, he remained at school, providing guidance and leadership to his staff and students.  This is a testament to him and his commitment to wanting the very best for young people in Knowsley.  He was well respected by staff and pupils alike and was held in high esteem by other Head Teachers, both in the borough and outside of the area.  He started working in Knowsley in 1977 and has been the Principal at St Edmund Arrowsmith since 2006 – a position he was immensely proud of.

“My condolences go to his family at this very sad time.”

Martyn Campbell