Headteacher’s update – 28 May

It is with great regret and sadness that I am writing to you today to inform you of the sudden death of Mr Clough, teacher of mathematics.

Mr Clough was taken ill suddenly and he died on Wednesday 27th May. His illness was unforeseen and is in no way related to Covid-19.

As a school community, we are very shocked and saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts are with Mr Clough’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Mr Clough joined the staff at Kettlethorpe High School in September 2019 having had a very successful career teaching in a number of schools in the Leeds area. He was Director of Mathematics at Lawnswood School and used his personality and experience to establish himself quickly at Kettlethorpe High School. He was a very popular, trusted and hardworking colleague who made time for everyone, pupils and staff. He really will be missed.

In school today, we have been offering counselling and support for the pupils who are attending school and we have made contact with all of Mr Clough’s Year 11 Form Tutor group. At times like this, it is normal to feel sad and upset. Also, people will experience many different feelings and will respond to the news in different ways. This too is normal.

The school has set up an email account for pupils, staff and families to express their thoughts and feelings about Mr Clough. This will be used to collect comments that can then be shared with his family.

The email address is: mrclough@kettlethorpe.wakefield.sch.uk

At a later date, the school will plan an appropriate event to celebrate Mr Clough’s life and contribution to the school community.

During this difficult time, do please make contact with school if any members of your family are in need of advice and support. Please use the email contacts below or contact any trusted colleague in school directly. Also, below you will find the contact details for a number of professional support agencies and experts who can also offer advice and support.

Ms. Hudson Frost: Key Stage 3 Leader: sfrost@kettlethorpe.wakefield.sch.uk

Mr Douglas: Key Stage 4 Leader: rdouglas@kettlethorpe.wakefield.sch.uk

Mrs Del-Grande: Diamonds Nurture Leader: edel-grande@kettlethorpe.wakefield.sch.uk

Mrs Parton: Year 8 Manager/Bereavement Counsellor: sparton@kettlethorpe.wakefield.sch.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

T Griffiths


Advice and support contact details

GASPED – 01924 787501 -is a Wakefield charity and they have confirmed they will support staff or students.

Star Bereavement Wakefield – 01924 787384 we were unable to confirm that they are open

Samaritans – 116123 – https://www.samaritans.org/

Child bereavement UK – 08000 288840 – https://www.childbereavementuk.org/

Grief encounters – 08088020111 – https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/

Child bereavement network – http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/

Winston’s Wish08088 020 021

28 May 2020