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Ken Thomson (26.12.1962 - 15.12.2016)

Very sad news about Ken Thomson (Staff), a much-loved and long-serving teacher and colleague.

10 Jan 2017
School News

It is with great sadness that I report that Ken Thomson, Head of Economics and Government & Politics, passed away over the Christmas period, after courageously battling an illness over the last year. It is very difficult to comprehend losing a key member of the Roedean community, who was with us teaching his classes until very recently, and all our sympathies are with his wife, Angela, and their two children, Alec and Ariana, at this most difficult time.

Ken was a great teacher and colleague, and a wonderful inspiration to the many students he taught and guided over the 25 years he was at Roedean. He led two departments for the last 11 years, and was hugely generous with his time when supporting his students, as well as others who sought his advice when completing their university application forms; he made a difference to countless individuals over many years. They learnt a great deal from him, not only in his subjects, but also through his humane and patient approach, and Ken made a real difference in ways he perhaps could never know.

The family has asked for privacy, but contributions can be made to the National Autistic Society ( or Martlets, Hove ( There will be a book of condolences opened at Roedean, and a memorial service will be held in the School Chapel later this term. Any messages or cards from current Roedean families can be sent the Headmaster’s PA or to, and they will be collated to be shared with Angela at a later date. Any ORs who would like to send their condolences should send them to Mark Taylor, Director of Alumnae Relations (

Oliver Blond



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