‘School’s head will be sorely, sorely missed’

Marilyn Ravenor and Bishop of St Albans
Marilyn Ravenor and Bishop of St Albans

Pupils, parents and staff at a Dunstable school have been shocked by the sudden death of its “outstanding” headteacher.

Marilyn Ravenor, principal of St Augustine’s Academy (formerly Downside Lower School) in Oakwood Avenue died on January 24.

Mrs Ravenor was appointed headteacher at the school in February 2011 following headships at lower schools Studham and Willowfield (Caddington) and an associate headship at The Children’s Academy, Bahrain.

Councillor Roger Pepworth, chairman of governors at St Augustine’s Academy, said: “Marilyn Ravenor was an outstanding headteacher who guided the school from a lower school to what it is now – an excellent Church Primary Academy.

“Marilyn and her personality are stamped through the whole school. She will be sorely, sorely missed.”

Previously Mrs Ravenor had been acting head at Potton Lower School and had taught at Oakley Lower School, having begun her career at St John’s School in Hendon.

She graduated with a BA from the University of Luton (now Bedfordshire) and later received a further headship qualification from the National College of School Leadership.

Mrs Ravenor was an active musician having played the cornet in Boreham Brass Band and the Grimsdyke Band.

Most recently she played in Luton Concert Orchestra with her husband John, a peripatetic music teacher and instrument restorer.

She leaves three grown-up children and four grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held at Dunstable Priory Church at 1.45pm on Tuesday, February 11.

All who knew her are welcome at the service.

There will be family flowers only, but donations to provide an outside reading area with benches and trees are welcome.