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School in shock as head dies, 53; TRIBUTES: Pupils and teachers in mourning after losing 'a loyal friend'.

Byline: By Tony Collins

THE head teacher of a Birmingham primary school has died suddenly following a heart attack at his home.

Andrew Cunningham was the head of Corpus Christi Catholic Primary, in Lyttleton Road, Stechford, which has nearly 400 pupils.

Mr Cunningham, who was 53, passed away at Heartlands Hospital on Monday after suffering a heart attack at the weekend. His funeral will be held at Olton Friary, in St Bernard's Road, Olton, Solihull, next Tuesday at 9.30am.

The body will be received in church at 5.30pm on Monday January 29.

Flowers are being sent on behalf of the school to the church, although donations have been requested through Corpus Christi Catholic Primary in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Deputy head teacher Frances Glanville said today: "News of Mr Cunningham's death comes as a great shock to everyone connected to Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children at this tragic time.

"We have lost a muchloved head teacher, who was a faithful servant and a loyal friend to us all."

Tony Howell, Birmingham City Council's Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families, said: "I was extremely sorry to hear of the sad loss of Andrew. He was one of our most valued and respected head teachers, and my sincerest condolences go to his family.

"I know that everyone in the Corpus Christi school community - the teaching and support staff, governors, pupils and parents - will be deeply saddened by this unexpected news, as will many of Andrew's fellow head teachers and colleagues within the directorate who were privileged to work with him."

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