Early this year, one of the teachers in the school that I am the HT at was diagnosed with cancer. This was a shock to the whole school community given that the teacher is only 43. The teacher has been receiving treatment and has been off work since the diagnosis and came into work today to meet with myself and the CoG to inform us that the cancer is terminal and at best she only has 12 weeks to live. This is obviously a very devastating situation and of course, very sensitive. The colleague in question has opted for staff members to be told of this. As the Headteacher, it is my duty to do this but I have never had to do this before so need advice on addressing the school community. I have informed the DHT and the colleague’s HoD but have told them not to mention it to any other colleague before I make the announcement. Just wondering if anyone else has had to deal with this tough situation before and what steps to take? The colleague has been teaching at the school for the last 18 years when they joined us an NQT in September 1999 so they are well known and well liked.