We are passing on the very sad news that Neil Sanderson passed away on 3rd December 2020. Neil and Jen have had a long relationship with Abbotsholme.
Neil Sanderson arrived at Abbotsholme in 2005 as a Languages teacher but, as with all Abbotsholmians, this became just one of the things he did. Delighting in his true passion of cricket, he was quickly converted to being a rugby coach as well. No OEd trip was a proper OEd trip without his presence, added to which was the great contribution he made to a long run of Silver DofE training and final expeditions during Hikes and Camps, even after his enforced retirement due to illness. Always keen to be involved in international trips, he led Round Square expeditions to Costa Rica, was part of the 1st XV rugby tour to South Africa and organised and ran numerous Spanish trips. Neil became Head of Year for Year 9 and a House Tutor for Flaxfield, when it was a boys' house, and then progressed to Barnfield when his wife, Jen, took command in 2008. Standing tall and with an ever present smile and a warm sense of humour, 'Sando' was a true scholar and gentlemen.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Jen and their family.