Tributes have been paid to a teacher who inspired hundreds of pupils to learn a new language during his career.
Uppingham Community College head of modern languages Dale Duffin died suddenly from a heart attack while on holiday in Spain on August 1.
Mr Duffin, 51, began working at the college in 2006 and soon became a respected and loved member of staff.
This week college principal Jan Turner said: “He was an exceptionally valued member of staff. He gave everything, above and beyond the call of duty to the school.
“He organised so many different exchanges over the time that he was with us. That is one of the things that really stood out to many of the parents and pupils.”
Mr Duffin was on holiday with some of the teachers he had met on exchanges to schools in Spain and France when he died. Mrs Turner said the heart attack was “totally unexpected” and tributes had been pouring in from Mr Duffin’s former pupils.
“They made so many friendships on exchanges over the years that have lasted.
“Dale was very committed to languages for all. The fact that languages have been so successful has been a legacy for him. The takeup for languages at Key Stage 4 has always been incredibly high. That’s because of the quality of teaching and enthusiasm for languages he instilled in the college.”
Mr Duffin also co-ordinated a programme for PGCE students to study at the school. Before he started at Uppingham, Mr Duffin worked at Jack Hunt School in Peterborough, where he lived. He was not married and had no children.
A book of condolence has been opened at the college, to be given to Mr Duffin’s parents at a later date. A private funeral will be held near Scunthorpe, where his family live, but a memorial service will be held in Uppingham at the start of the new term for pupils past and present.