Letter from Headteacher – Ms Morse

Dear Students, Families and the Community,

Many of you will have heard already through our very close community that Miss Morse, our Team Leader for English, passed away peacefully earlier this month. We know you will share our deep sadness and we have sent our love and care to her loved ones.

Miss Morse was an exceptional teacher, tutor and leader as well as being a wonderful colleague and dear friend to many of our school community. She always had the very best interests of students at heart and played a very full part in our school life. She herself was a Castle Manor student and a real role model for you all. She was so well loved and respected and will be missed very much.

It is very natural to want to respond in some way to this sad news, and there are several ways you could do this if you wanted.

We have a post box set up at school in the foyer of the main site, please feel free to post any cards or letters to the family into this box and we will pass them on regularly. This box will remain in place until term has started.

In September we will also work as a community on a ‘Memories and Thanks’ book that we will pass on to her family, if you want to work on something to go into that book during the holidays then please do. You might want to write down things you remember happening with Miss Morse in school, perhaps things from lessons, or funny things that happened. You may also be inspired to write a poem or piece or writing, or to draw something, or share a photograph you have taken.

I have also been asked about charity donations in Miss Morse’s name. Her family have set up two just giving sites, one for St Nicholas Hospice, who cared so well for Miss Morse and her family and a second for The Back Up Trust, a charity that Miss Morse personally did a lot of fund raising for. The links to these pages can be found below

St Nicholas Hospice


The Back Up Trust



We will continue to work with Miss Morse’s family in the coming weeks and months to establish appropriate longer term tributes to Miss Morse and will ensure student involvement in these plans. The Back Up Trust is going to be our school charity for the year- it was suggested by Miss Morse earlier this year and she was delighted to know that we’d selected this charity to focus on.

I wanted to remind you that we have access to support from St Nicholas Hospice outreach team and please contact me by email if you would like to access this.


Vanessa Whitcombe



You can download a copy here.

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