It is with deep regret that I am writing to inform you that one of our teaching staff (Ms Smith – Languages) passed away last Friday night.

Ms Smith has been ill with cancer for that last few months and she and her family knew that she only had a limited time left with us. Nevertheless, this is a huge shock to everyone at Fallibroome, not least because Claire was such an energetic, upbeat and kind person. Having had the privilege of watching her teach many times, I know that she had a magical ability to set the highest standards for her students in everything they did while being positive, encouraging and helpful at all times. Her colleagues and students here at Fallibroome are devastated by this news. It seems to us that we have lost one of our best and most loved members of staff.

Claire’s passing is made all the more difficult by the fact that she was an ex-student and Head Girl here herself. Two of her children also attend Fallibroome so we will need to do all we can to ensure that they are fully supported and looked after at this terrible time for their family. When we have had to deal with tragic events such as this in the past, we have found that the whole Fallibroome community pull together and support each other completely. I am sure that the days, months and years ahead will be no different.

At the end of the summer term last year, Claire came into school to speak to the whole staff. We all knew that this was her way of saying goodbye to us.  She told us how proud she was to have been a teacher and how she felt that she had done something of great importance with her life. In particular, she emphasised how much she loved our school and how proud she was to have worked here. The warmth of the response that she received from her colleagues confirmed the exceptionally high esteem in which we have all held her. I also know that many of our students speak of Ms Smith’s kindness, cheerfulness and genuine commitment to their success and happiness in school. We know for certain that she made a genuine and positive difference to the lives of the many students that she taught in her years at Fallibroome. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

Mr. F. Power
The Fallibroome Academy