We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of former King Edward VI teacher, Mark Jones. Mark was killed in a car accident on Friday.
Mark was an exceptional teacher. He was creative, passionate and talented; all in equal measure. He joined the staff team in December 2015 on a maternity cover in Media, yet demonstrated his immense versatility by going on to teach Drama and Physics.
Whatever the subject matter, Mark taught with authority, proficiency and humour. As a virtuosic pianist, he happily shared his skill with the cast of ‘Oliver!’, taking on the role of rehearsal accompanist. He also helped direct the show, always motivating and inspiring those around him.
While maintaining utter professionalism, Mark made no secret of any part of who he was. As a result, he was a very special role model to a great many students. He led ‘Boys’ Talk’ assemblies demonstrating, once again, both his hugely amiable character and his natural ability to command respect.
The prevailing mood here at King Edward VI School is one of deep sadness. Rising to the surface, however, are the memories of a wonderfully positive man who we were privileged to have called a colleague and a friend.
May you rest in peace, Mark.