It was with great sadness that we heard that one of our ex-students and a current colleague passed away last week.

Sam was a student at Fallibroome between 2001 and 2008 and is remembered very fondly by those who taught him in this period. He studied Maths, Physics and History to A-Level before going on to Birmingham University. Mr Johnson, who was Sam’s form tutor for five years, recalls him as a “wonderful student and young man”.  As a student, Sam was unfailingly polite and kind. He worked hard and always did his best and was well liked by his peer group throughout his time in school.

We were delighted when Sam joined our staff as an IT technician in 2014.   We knew that we had appointed someone who would always be helpful and patient with colleagues less skilled than himself. He was also highly motivated and was well read on current technology. He had a natural curiosity and was always eager to learn how things worked. Even when seriously ill in recent times, Sam played a key role in the development of our printing infrastructure and also produced a number of “How to Guides” that continue to be used by us today.

Sam’s courage and fortitude in the face of his serious illness were truly remarkable. Even as his condition worsened, he always did everything he could to get into work and remained eager to contribute to school life in any way possible. We never heard him complain and he never failed to maintain the calm and gentle politeness that we have always seen in him. As Mr Johnson, his tutor from his school days remembers, “every day was a pleasure” with Sam. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

Mr. F. Power
The Fallibroome Academy