Funeral for much-loved Mansfield headteacher

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The funeral of a much-loved headteacher who died following a two-year battle with illness is set to take place on Friday.

Sharon Shadbolt, former headteacher at Asquith Primary School, in Mansfield, passed away on Sunday, 23rd February.

The 51-year-old, from Forest Town, had worked at Asquith Primary since joining as a teacher in 2000, and was appointed as headteacher just months before she became unwell.

Her funeral cortege is set to pass by the Asquith Street school at around 10.45am on Friday, 7th March.

Parents, former students and well-wishers are invited to stand outside the school from 10.30am to pay their respects to Mrs Shadbolt as the cortege goes by on its way to a service at Mansfield Crematorium.

Speaking about Mrs Shadbolt, who qualified as a teacher in 1985 and was deputy headteacher at Asquith for many years, husband Steve told Chad: “The school and the children were massively important to her.

“Sharon helped to shape children’s lives and she inspired a lot of people.

“But she always believe that you worked to live, and not lived to work, and you needed to have a very fine work-life balance.

“She was also a lady who hated injustice .”

Asquith Primary School will be closed on Friday to allow staff to attend Mrs Shadbolt’s funeral service, but it is expected that many current pupils and their parents will stand outside the school as a mark of respect.

Former students and their parents are invited to join them outside the school from 10.30am.