It is with immense sadness that we share the news that Mary O’Farrell, the Foundation’s former Chair of Trustees, passed away after a short illness on Sunday 2 September 2018.

Mary joined the Foundation’s Governing Body in 2000 and held the role of Chair of Trustees for eight years until 2016, continuing to serve as trustee to the present day. A former primary Headteacher with many years’ experience, Mary played an integral part in the Foundation's growing success, overseeing the merger with Abbotsford in 2010 and with the Crescent in 2016.

Comments Ed Hester, Senior Head of the Foundation "Mary was a remarkable woman in so many ways and with her passing the Foundation has lost a true and valued friend. She was an exceptional Chair of Trustees, known for her wise counsel, collaborative approach and sense of humour, all of which she brought to bear in her role. She had an implicit understanding of education, teaching and learning and this combined with her unique personal touch with fellow trustees, staff and children has had an immeasurable impact on the Foundation over the years.

“She was an inspirational person, the embodiment of Princethorpe’s ‘spirit of family’ and will be sorely missed by the Princethorpe community. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to Mary’s husband, John, and her family at this very sad time.”

Details of Mary’s funeral arrangements will be shared when they become available.

Update Thursday 6 September

We are now able to confirm the arrangements for Mary's funeral.

Mary will be taken into Christ the King Church, 14 Westhill Road, Coventry CV6 2AA at 6.00pm on Thursday 13 September, the church will be open and there will a short service.

Mary's funeral will take place at 10.30am on Friday 14 September at Christ the King, with a reception afterwards at Christ the King Social Club.

All are welcome to attend and pay their respects.

Family flowers only have been requested, but donations would be appreciated to Myton Hospice, Coventry https://www.mytonhospice.org/

There will be a special memorial service to celebrate Mary’s life on Friday 29 March 2019 in the Princethorpe College Chapel at 5.30pm. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Sixth Form Centre. All are most welcome.