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"Stuart had a flu like virus at the end of the school year. He got a little better and we went on the family holiday to Spain for the first week of the holidays as planned. We returned last Monday with him still feeling a little under the weather. He was admitted to hospital on Wednesday morning where they found a bleed and swelling on the brain. He was taken into Intensive Care. It was diagnosed by an MRI scan on Friday morning, that he had a condition called Acute hemorrhagic leukoencephalitis (AHL), where his immune system was attacking the white blood cells in his brain as a result of the virus. He was declared brain dead on Sunday morning and his life support was subsequently switched off".
Our thoughts are with Stuart's wife, children, family and friends.
We at school have lost someone who has made a huge difference. As a colleague Stuart was always positive, as a leader he led from the front, especially in the development of KS4 and bringing in the use of new technology to help learning. Stuart inspired our students; as a Maths teacher, a form tutor and through the extra curricular work he did. He worked tirelessly, always on the lookout for ways to improve students' learning. He was truly child centred and teaching for him was more than a job.
Stuart leaves behind him a legacy of excellence. He has inspired his team in Maths to challenge themselves and because of that his work will continue to change lives for the better. We pay tribute to him for all he brought to our school community.
The funeral for Stuart Dunford will take place on Thursday 7th August. However, Stuart’s family would like to have a private funeral with invited guests only. We would be grateful if that wish could be respected.
The school will hold a memorial event for Stuart during the afternoon of the first Friday back after the summer break. All staff and students will be present, and governors and parents will be invited. Further details will be released near the time.
We will update this section when we have further details to share.
If you would like to leave a message with your memories of Stuart please visit the page we have created here.
If you have ordered school uniform, this can be collected from the school reception on Tuesday 26th August 1pm-4pm or Wednesday 27th August 8am-4pm.