TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved Bromsgrove teacher who died suddenly the night before the new school year was due to start.
Mark Jones, who passed away on September 6, was due to take his new year two class at Lickey Hills Primary School when the new term began.
Children and staff were devastated on hearing the news on their return to school and counselling has been organised to help them come to terms with Mr Jones’ death.
Mr Jones’ funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday) and the school will be closed for the day.
Staff there say Mr Jones, who used to love cycling, camping and spending time with his two sons, would always be remembered for being a vibrant teacher who always made everyone smile.
During his time at the school, he also helped out with IT clubs after school and a project to plant trees in Lickey Woods.
Headteacher Amanda Salisbury said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the passing of Mr Jones. He was a highly valued member of staff who brought a great sense of enjoyment and fun to teaching and learning at Lickey Hills Primary School.
“Counselling has been available to help and advise staff on how to support our pupils, however at this time our thoughts are with his family, friends and particularly Elizabeth his wife and his two children Ben and Alfie.”