Long-serving former school head dies at 87

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Derek Larter, headteacher at Seaford County Primary School for more than 20 years, has died at the age of 87.

Following National Service, where he underwent officer training in Ireland, Mr Larter completed his teacher training at Borough Road College, London, in 1949.

It was there that he met his wife, Jean, and the couple were married at Leyton in 1953.

In 1950 he started teaching in Southampton before taking up successive posts in West Ham, Merstham and Horley.

Mr Larter received his first Headship at Fairwarp Primary School, near Uckfield, in 1961 and three years later was appointed Headteacher at Polegate County Primary School.

In 1966 he became Headteacher at Seaford County Primary, where he served until his retirement in December 1986.

The couple’s daughter Jane was born in 1962 when the family moved to Peacehaven and this was followed by the birth of their son Alistair in 1965. Mr Larter was a keen musician and took great pleasure in leading the choir at Seaford County Primary School, particularly at the annual Christmas Carol Concert at Seaford Parish Church.

He was an active supporter of Seaford Young Musicians for many years and was a member of Seaford Rotary Club for more than four decades.

Mr Larter, of Links Road, Seaford, is survived by his widow and two children and by grandchildren Natalie and Kai Harrower.

A Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration will be held at Seaford Parish Church at 2.30pm on Thursday, November 13.

Former pupil Sarah McStravick, a Seaford Town Councillor, said she had heard of Mr Larter’s death with sadness.

She wrote, “There will be many who attended Seaford County Primary School (when in Church Street) in my generation and those from across the community who will miss him. He did inspire and bribe us in his unique way to get through our reading books and many of us gained a sense of teamwork and love of singing with the school choir that often sang at events in the town.”