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The Charter School

North Dulwich

Announcing the death of beloved staff member, Karla Pappon

It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of  Karla Pappon, our assistant SENCo at The Charter School North Dulwich.  

Karla suffered a serious head injury following an accident during the London to Brighton charity bike ride two weeks ago. Despite being given the most outstanding care at Saint George’s Hospital in Tooting, her injuries were too severe, and she died peacefully at 5pm on Sunday 4 October. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time. 

Karla was a much-loved member of staff at The Charter School North Dulwich,  where she had worked in the learning support department for the past 10 years, specialising in maths. She was also involved in many aspects of school life away from the classroom and used her boundless enthusiasm and energy to support the wider school community, including running the  school Tennis Club, supporting the Friends and volunteering on the Duke of Edinburgh programme. However, it will be her deep commitment to supporting those children with the highest needs to progress in their education that many will remember her for. 

Headteacher, Christian Hicks, commented.  

“It is very hard to share this incredibly sad news about a colleague and a friend who was such an important and integral part of our school community. Those among us who knew Karla, or whose children were supported by her, will know what a wonderful, kind and caring person and great teacher she was.  Karla was so committed and dedicated to her students and was in turn much loved by those who were lucky enough to know her.  She truly embodied the very best of Charter.”   

Chair of Governors, Amanda King, also commented. 

 “Karla was a valued and much-loved member of the school community, who made an enormous contribution to improving the lives of our pupils. She will be much missed, and our thoughts are with Karla's family at this incredibly sad time.”  

The school is organising a book of condolence and will also be looking at ways in which we can celebrate Karla’s life and wonderful contribution to our community as a teacher and mentor, and most of all as a dear friend and colleague. 

You will find the link to Karla's memory page here. This page has been built for family, friends, students and colleagues to connect online and share their personal memories and stories of Karla.