1995 to 2013
Thomas tragically died after falling whilst out for a run on Friday 19th July 2013.
Thomas was a joy to have in school; always happy with a cheeky infectious smile. He never complained but was not shy of telling people what he thought, but always in a polite way.
A truly beautiful person. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Aimee and the whole family.
A book of condolence has been opened in the foyer at school.
May God be with you Thomas, as he always was.
1st August 2013
It’s not fair, is it? This is what Thomas would be saying if he was here today and he would be right, it isn’t fair. However, what an honour it is for me to be able to stand here today and talk about him.
I first met Thomas in July 2006 when, as a teacher, I visited him at Chapel Primary School in preparation for his transition to ‘big school’ – to St Thomas More School here in Buxton. Little did I know then what a huge impact he would make on the whole of the school community in the years that followed.
He stayed with us for five years and every day of those years was quite an experience for us and hopefully also for Thomas. It’s part of his legacy that even though he left us two years ago, everyone connected with the school, who I have spoken to, instantly knows who Thomas Theyer was and feels his loss personally.
I’ve written many reports over my time so there is no better way to remember Thomas than by reading what the school feels is his final report.
Form Time – Thomas remained in the same supportive form group for all his time in school. For four years he had the same form teacher and no matter at which point she arrived at the form room in the morning Thomas was waiting, holding the door open and always ready with a cheerful greeting. ‘How are you?’ ‘You look lovely today’.’ Is that a new dress?’ Everyone’s mood and spirit were uplifted.
Maths – His ability to know and use his times tables was phenomenal. At the end of every lesson there was always a times tables competition between Thomas and another person. Thomas often won but what makes that even more amazing is that the other person was his maths teacher.
RE – The story of the Good Samaritan,that we have just heard, was one Thomas was questioned on in an RE exam. As he started his written answer it was obvious he was uncertain of the story. There were several lines of confused thoughts but then suddenly he recalled the main events and wrote “Oh yes, now I remember” and proceeded to write those events with every detail.
Literacy – Thomas’s spelling ability was amazing and he proved more reliable than a dictionary on many occasions. Thomas found working within time limits, however, very difficult (there was always so much else to watch and to talk about). One teaching assistant hit on a novel way of trying to keep him on task, using his passion for the TV programme Countdown. The Countdown theme tune itself was recorded and played to Thomas to encourage completion of a task within a set time limit. We achieved ‘some’ success.
Music – I need only say one word. Abba. He knew every song and tune and eventually so did we.
PE – Thomas loved running and was a passionate and enthusiastic member of the Friday lunch time running club. He often arrived at the first lesson of Friday afternoon very red in the face with his tie askew having spent too long changing back into his school uniform.
Skills for Life – Thomas was part of this group and took part in many activities but one incident on a residential stay at Gradbach stands out. Activities were planned but Thomas found an Abba track on someone’s ipod. He started to sing and within minutes the whole group were singing and dancing. He was so very happy and his mood was infectious.
Lunch time Activities – Thomas was into healthy eating and at lunch time often piled his plate up so much with salad that it used to spill over onto his tray. Then, where to sit? His favourite place was on the staff table. On one occasion the candidates for the post of headteacher were also there. Thomas carried out his own question session. Apparently the real thing was a walkover in comparison.
I could cover every subject and part of the school day but this report also needs to encompass some of the other elements an education covers.
Dress Sense and Uniform – always immaculate
Behaviour – exemplary
Manners and Politeness – Thomas excelled in this area. He always said please, thank you and you’re welcome. He liked things to be neat and tidy and would point out any concern in such a polite manner. If he saw litter he would seek out the caretaker to say ‘Excuse me sir but I think there is a little job waiting for you in the playground.’
Sense of Justice – Another speciality area for Thomas. He would soon point out any perceived injustice to anyone. He once chastised the deputy head when she had failed to invite a new member of staff to an event. He frequently threatened me that he would have to go straight to the Head if I stepped out of line, and he did.
Honesty – Thomas was alarmingly honest but being Thomas it was always acceptable. Others would have kept quiet or reverted to a white lie but not Thomas. In one lesson we were discussing the need to produce accurate descriptions of people. We talked about body shape, skin colour and hair styles. One pupil said ‘You have blonde hair miss.’ I replied that if I was honest it was silver. Thomas piped up that if we were being really honest it was grey! Thanks Thomas!
Sense of humour – Thomas made us all laugh every day, sometimes he knew why and sometimes he didn’t. He loved to entertain, to make everyone around him smile. His humour and that beaming smile were his trade mark.
Generosity – He was always willing to give everything and anything to others. On a school trip he offered his packed lunch round to the rest of his class and all items had to be retrieved to be returned to his own lunch box. He also raised money for several charities including Children in Need and Wear it Pink
SEN Department Comments – We were then an all female department and Thomas eventually came to refer to us as ‘His ladies’ and on more than one occasion as ‘His harem’. Everyone wanted to work with Thomas and at some point we all received a proposal of marriage.
Character Summary – He was always polite; always smiling, cheerful and happy. He was friendly, caring and kind; he always wanted to please and entertain. He was generous and honest. He never lost his temper; was never miserable and never hurt another person. He has been described as a gentleman; an absolutely smashing person; a credit to himself, his family and to his school; generally an amazing person.
Fun and laughter surrounded Thomas. His family, who supported him so well, will miss him greatly and so will we at St Thomas More School. We will never forget him and we feel we were blessed to have shared in his life. So, Thomas, in conclusion to your school report, you were an A* pupil and an A* person.
Mrs Jill Duncan