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Simon Gibbs: Headteacher at Essex faculty killed in ‘accident’ whereas on French vacation


Feb 13, 2024
Simon Gibbs: Headteacher at Essex faculty killed in ‘accident’ whereas on French vacation

Tributes have been paid to a “good headteacher” who has died whereas on a vacation in France with pals.

Information of the sudden demise of Simon Gibbs, principal of New Rickstones Academy in Witham, Essex, was shared with dad and mom on Monday.

The headteacher died in an “accident” on Saturday night, wrote Johanna Thompson, the academy’s regional training director, who described him as a “much-loved colleague”.

The International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace mentioned it was supporting Mr Gibbs’ household whereas working with native authorities.

In her letter to oldsters, Ms Thompson wrote: “I’m very sorry to be writing with the tragic information Simon Gibbs, our principal, died over the weekend.

“From what we perceive there was an accident on Saturday night while Simon was away for the weekend with some pals in France.

“That is clearly devastating information, and our fast ideas are with Simon’s household at this unattainable time.”

She added: “Simon was a much-loved colleague and good headteacher and we’ll miss him enormously.

“He will probably be remembered for his integrity and keenness for educating, in addition to his dedication to the group of New Rickstones.”

The college is now planning a “proper means” to recollect Mr Gibbs and have fun his dedication to the group.

Mr Gibbs took over a principal on the faculty in September 2021 having labored as assistant head and deputy head after becoming a member of in 2018.

He had beforehand been head of arithmetic at Maltings Academy, additionally in Witham. He studied at Cardiff College, graduating with a masters diploma in monetary economics in 2004.

On Fb, folks locally paid tribute to the trainer.

Jenna Jarvis wrote: “He was the particular person to go too and at all times received again to you immediately to assist. I used to be solely simply chatting with him final week about serving to one among my daughters. He had such a beautiful variety coronary heart and would assist anybody.”

Sarah Smith wrote: “My women are gutted and so are we. He was a tremendous trainer and headteacher. He cared a lot about his pupils. Sending hugs to his household and colleagues at this difficult time.”

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