Mr A Benson-Smith 1970-2016

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Dear Parents /Carers

 

It is with great sadness that I write to you today to share the tragic news of the death of our much loved, admired and respected deputy Headteacher, Mr Anthony Benson-Smith. As you can imagine we are all devastated by this news and are coming to terms with the loss of a great teacher, friend and colleague.

 

I have spent today speaking to all the children about this great sadness and trying to help them explore coming to terms with such dreadful news.

 

Mr Benson-Smith was such a well-loved and caring man who found so much joy and pleasure from helping children learn to be the best that they can be. The next few days will surely be hard for the whole school community as we come to terms with what has happened.

 

Suffolk County Council have provided additional strategic support to the school with help from the Educational Psychologist service and professionals from the Well Being Team. These professionals will be on hand for both pupils and staff to help them over the forth coming days, weeks and months.

 

In respect of his families wishes I have been asked to ask you to refrain from discussing the tragedy on social media to avoid additional distress to his family.

 

The school community will naturally wish to provide a lasting memorial to Mr Benson-Smith and as these ideas are explored and discussed, I will share the arrangements with you.

Thank you for your kind words and support.

 

In memory of Mr Anthony Benson-Smith

 

I would like to inform you that a Condolence Book in memory of Mr Anthony Benson-Smith

will be available from Thursday 14th January 2016 in the school reception area for parents/carers who would like to share a thought or memory.

 

By popular request, the school have started a donation for the family. If you would like to make a donation please see the office staff.

 

Thank you for your understanding at this very sad time.

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Anthony was such a well-loved and caring man who found so much joy and pleasure from helping children learn to be the best that they can be. He was such a generous individual – with his time, patience and friendship. He loved his job and the challenges it brought. He was a joy to work with and spent time with, both working on strategic school improvement or just having a good laugh at the trials and misfortunes the job can bring. He always had a kind word to say at the right moment or an irreverent aside to make us all remember the lighter side to things. He will be dearly missed in so many ways.

 

The next few days will surely be hard for everyone who knew him as we come to terms with what has happened.

 

Thank you for your kind words and support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr I W Owens

Headteacher

 

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