SHOCKED pupils and staff at Aylesbury High School are mourning the loss of a popular teacher who died at the weekend.
Dance teacher Sally Surguy, who worked at the school for more than 20 years, died unexpectedly on Saturday, aged 60.
Headteacher Alan Rosen said: “We are all devastated to lose Sally, who motivated generations of girls to love dance and to put on the most fantastic performances.
“Her best qualities were her kindness and calmness and she also managed to make the girls very creative and very prepared to take risks.
“A lot of dance is about confidence to push the boundaries and that is what she instilled.
“For both the best dancers and everybody else she managed to make it a very popular subject.
“She was very popular as a teacher and as a form tutor. She was a very good form tutor in the sixth form helping people with university applications and academic progress and she was very much valued for that.
“She was a true friend to students and staff alike and our thoughts are with her family.”
Mr Rosen said her death will be marked when pupils return to school from the Easter break.
“We have not decided quite what we will do yet but we will certainly be reflecting at the start of term and paying tribute to her.”
Students have also been paying tribute to Mrs Surguy.
Year 10 pupil, Millie Smith, said on Twitter: “Proud to say that I have been lucky enough to have spent lessons being inspired and cared for by Mrs Surguy. Forever in my heart.”
Other messages left on social media websites included ‘RIP Sally Surguy, you were the best teacher ever, dance will never be the same xxx’ and ‘RIP Sally Surguy, one of the craziest, funniest and loveliest dance teachers I’ve ever had, dance will never be quite the same!’
High school deputy headteacher, Ellie Thompson, also paid tribute to Mrs Surguy, who lived in Leighton Buzzard.
“She was incredibly caring and just a friend to everybody.
“She was absolutely integral to the things that went on at the High School and will be very, very sadly missed.”
Mr Rosen confirmed that arrangements have been put in place to ensure that students’ work is not disrupted in the run-up to the crucial exam period in late spring.
“We have been able to make arrangements,” he said.
“We will have specialist staff able to look after the classes from the start of term.”