Students shocked after tragic death of teacher

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The principal of Ormiston Enterprise Academy has paid tribute to a young teacher who lost his fight with cancer last week.

William Kent, 24, died on Wednesday after a six month battle with Lymphoma.

Eddie De Middelaer said: “There’s so much to say about Will, we’re not just missing a close colleague but to many of us he was a dear friend.

“He was passionate about students, teaching, learning and the school.

“He was a joy to work with and far, far more than just a teacher, he was a mentor to students as well.

“It really is a tragedy, especially at such a young age.”

Students were told of Mr Kent’s death in an assembly on Thursday morning.

Speaking this week, Mr De Middelaer said: “Students were shocked and saddened to hear the news.

“Will was someone who filled people with energy and passion, we have used how he was to encourage us to get on with things as he would have wanted.

“Everyone is coping well but underneath it all there is a real sadness but we will come to terms with it all together.”

As a tribute, pupils organised a non uniform day to raise cash for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, a charity that Will wanted people to support.

Mr De Middelaer also confirmed that the school will be talking with Will’s wife and family in hope of arranging a memorial service and celebration of his life as well as a permananet tribute.