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Shock following sudden death of Ely teacher

By Ely News  |  Posted: July 02, 2013

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Pupils, parents and staff at a primary school are devastated following the sudden death of a teacher.

Nanette van Wright-Jordan, head of drama at King’s Ely Junior School, died suddenly yesterday (Monday, July 1), aged just 50.

In a letter to parents, Sue Freestone, head of King’s Ely, said mum-of-two Nanette died “following a very brief illness”.

It is believed she was rushed into hospital over the weekend and died of a blood clot.

Mrs Freestone said: “The King’s Ely community will miss Nanette.

“Nanette joined King’s Ely Junior as part-time head of drama in September 2001.

“During her time with us she has directed numerous productions and no-one in the school, who has passed through King’s Ely Junior, has not been touched by her enthusiasm and her positive approach to life.”

The King’s Ely Junior House Music Competition Finalists’ Concert went ahead last (Monday) night and was dedicated to Nanette.

A service for Nanette was also held at Ely Cathedral this morning (Tuesday), at which many King’s Ely pupils, teachers, governors and parents were present.

Nanette had worked as a professional actress in her native America in the past.

She became head of drama at King’s Ely Junior shortly after she joined part-time.

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