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Bishops Stortford High School teacher Darren Solomons
Bishops Stortford High School teacher Darren Solomons

Staff and students at The Bishop's Stortford High School are mourning the death of inspirational teacher Darren Solomons.

Head Dale Reeve told the London Road secondary’s community that the married father of two young daughters suffered a massive heart attack. He was just 45.

The subject leader for government, politics and philosophy joined the school in 2010 and quickly became a much-loved and respected member of the team.

Mr Reeve said: “He was taken into intensive care several weeks ago, and although he had made some improvements more recently and had come out of intensive care, it came as a great shock to us all… to hear the tragic news.

“He spearheaded our very successful Model United Nations (MUN) group, taking students to many conferences in Holland and hosting our own MUN conferences at TBSHS every year. He was loved and respected by staff and the sixth-form students he worked with and will be greatly missed.

“He was 45 and leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. They will all remain in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times.

“We are blessed to have such a strong, caring and supportive community where the ‘Black & Gold’ spirit, embodied by Mr Solomons, will live on in his memory.”

Chairman of governors Alan Fordham said: “The school cannot pay a high enough tribute for the contribution Darren made.”

He sent his condolences to Mr Solomons’ widow Miriam, also a teacher, and his daughters Anna and Rebecca.

Mr Solomons, an Arsenal fan, died last Monday (Nov 20). His funeral, attended by school representatives, took place at Cheshunt’s Western Cemetery on Friday (Nov 24).

The high school has published tributes from colleagues and pupils, all highlighting his professionalism and exceptional pastoral care.

Simon Etheridge, subject leader for religious studies and citizenship, summed up the mood: “Mr Solomons made others feel special. However, everyone knew that it was Mr Solomons who was the true star.

“The sheer number of students that studied politics and philosophy in the sixth form and beyond is testimony to his brilliant talent and gift to nurture, inspire, empower and change lives.

“Support was always friendly, perceptive and unconditional, and conversations about Arsenal, politics and life always enlightening and educative.

“Words cannot, of course, do justice. Genuinely loved by students and staff, as a teacher and a person, Darren was, and will remain, the most wonderful inspiration and example to all.”

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