Obituary: Christopher Patrick Pyemont

Christopher Pyemont

Christopher Patrick Pyemont, affectionately known amongst friends, colleagues and past pupils as ‘CP’, sadly passed away, after a long battle with cancer, on Thursday 4 May.

He had a long, much respected, and influential career at Bede’s Prep School (formerly St Bede’s School).  Joining the School in 1981, he immediately became admired as an inspirational mathematics and games teacher, renowned for his fun and enthusiasm.  He was, himself, a ‘Cambridge Blue’ in cricket, hockey, skiing and rackets; he enjoyed all sports, was a keen member of the staff squash team, and represented Eastbourne Cricket Club for many successful seasons at Saffrons. 

For several years, he ran the senior boys’ boarding house at Holywell Mount, with his wife Pinkie, and it was one big happy family.  Later on, they took over the girls’ boarding house in Meads End.  In 1998, after many successful years in the classroom, he took over the reins of headship from his brother, Mr Peter Pyemont.  During his tenure, he oversaw the building of new science and IT blocks, as well as the initial plans for the new dining hall and the transformation of the Holywell building.  He was always a welcoming and supportive figure to people of all walks of life, including the many individuals who were affected by the sudden closure of Newlands in 2006.

Having stood down as Headmaster in 2007, he continued to teach mathematics and games with compassion, humour and integrity.  He retired from full time teaching in 2012, but continued to have strong links with the School, and once again joined forces with his brother, in delivering informative and entertaining talks around the country; to schools, clubs and societies, under the banner of ‘Heads Talking’.  This ensured that many more were enriched by his knowledge and passion for educating.

The number of heartfelt and sincere comments found on social media since his passing are testament to the profound influence he has had on many lives.  Sadly he was caught out too early, yet, to quote an old boy, ‘may we all play our innings as well as he did’.

A memorial service will be held at St Saviour’s Church, Eastbourne, on Saturday 8 July, followed by a reception at Bede’s Prep School.