Pupils’ shock at death of popular teacher

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Staff and pupils at Alford Academy are in shock following the sudden death of popular drama teacher Michael Coston.

Mr Coston, who was head of drama, music and creative media at the Donside school, died suddenly last week of a suspected heart attack.

Teachers broke the news of his death to pupils on Friday January 16, and a note was sent home to parents.

Moira Milne, head teacher at Alford Academy said: “Michael Coston was a very special person who has made an outstanding contribution to our school. He was passionate about young people and devoted a great deal of time and energy to supporting individual youngsters.

“Michael was such a caring teacher who will be remembered for his creativity and leadership as well as his great sense of humour.”

Vincent Docherty, head of secondary education at Aberdeenshire Council said: “Our thoughts are with Michael’s family and colleagues at this sad time.

“The pupils were informed on Friday and we are providing support to them and all the staff at the Academy. I spoke to the head teacher of Alford Academy on Friday and she could not speak highly enough of his dedication to the school and the young people he taught.

“He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.”