Extracted from ThisIsLeicestershire:
Teaching assistant Pam Goodwin, 44, who worked at Highcliffe Primary, in Birstall, died at home in the village on June 6, of cancer. Head teacher Pauline Aveling said: “Pam was a wonderful character and a pillar of the community. She worked very hard to help the children in her care. She was loved by all the staff.
Staff were granted compassionate leave by governors to attend the funeral and an initial decision was made to close the primary for the day.
However, County Hall refused permission on the grounds it was not a standard request and not enough notice was given to parents.
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