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RIP Lesley Cox

Remembering former headmistress of St Joseph's School Lesley Cox.
21 Sep 2022
In Memoriam

Past members of St Joseph's School have been deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of Lesley Cox, a much loved and respected headmistress of the school during the 90s. Tributes have poured in, all reflecting her kindness, patience, good humour and professionalism. She always regarded as calm and fair, even in the most challenging of circumstances and was supportive of pupils and staff alike, going above and beyond her duty to ensure the well-being of everyone in her care. Her life, besides her responsibilities in school, was caring for her family of which she was proud - her late husband Professor Alan Cox, and her son, Andrew to whom we send our deepest condolences. 

Having previously taught in Leamington, Lesley transferred to St Joseph's Convent in the late 60s to teach maths, a subject which she loved, passing on her enthusiasm to her pupils. So many who believed that they could never succeed in the subject came to appreciate and enjoy her lessons and were surprised at the progress they made under her gentle support and guidance. 

Lesley's commitment and dedication to St Joseph's during all the changes which took place led to her appointment, first as Deputy Head, and then in 1994 as Headmistress. These were challenging times but Lesley, with her unflappable calmness and professionalism, led and guided the school until her retirement in 1999.

Such was Lesley's humility that she never sought promotion or high position; rather, they sought her, recognising those sterling qualities in her. We all owe you a great debt, Lesley, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

May you rest in peace. 

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