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Teacher found dead at scene of nativity play at UK private school

Teacher found dead at scene of nativity play at UK private school

The Pembridge Hall School teacher died last week

A teacher was tragically found dead at the scene of a nativity play.

The 52-year-old's body was found at a church nearby to a London private school.

Clergymen found the Pembridge Hall School teacher on stage, with investigations now ongoing.

The £8,735-a-term girls school is the sister school to Wetherby School in Notting Hill, which was attended by the likes of Hugh Grant, Princes William and Harry and also some of the Beckham kids.

The sought-after all-girls school in west London is for pupils ages four to 11.

His body was found last Tuesday morning (5 December) at St Matthew’s.

It’s believed the teacher died the night before, after the nativity took place.

The teacher's body was found in St Matthew's in London.
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Reverend Will Coleridge, Church of England vicar of St Matthew’s, in west London, told the Mirror: "Well, it was in the middle of the night and I discovered the body on Tuesday morning. So you can draw your own conclusions from that.

"The nativity play has been moved, it wouldn’t have been right to hold it here given what happened.

"Fortunately, none of the children were there at the time. It was grim, obviously, really grim. I mean these things are really horrible."

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson told LADbible:

“We were called on 5 December at 8:52am to reports of an incident at St Petersburgh Place, W2. We sent a number of resources to the scene, including a medic in a fast-response car and an ambulance crew. Sadly, a man was found dead at the scene.”

Sophie Banks, Headmistress at Pembridge Hall School, told the Sun: “We are all deeply saddened at the recent passing of a member of our school’s community.

The 52-year-old man was found dead on Tuesday morning.
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"On behalf of the school, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to their family and friends. As we collectively navigate through this challenging period, we will focus on supporting our girls and colleagues.”

The school's Christmas Carol Concert was also due to be held at St Matthew's church, which is just a two minute walk away. It has now been arranged elsewhere.

Coleridge also added to The Sun: "I can’t say too much but it is dreadful.

"I half knew the deceased. Of course the nativity here is all cancelled now - they will do it elsewhere, which is understandable.”

A Metropolitan Police Service spokesperson told LADbible: "Police were called at 08:55hrs on 5 December to a church in St Petersburgh Place W2 after a 52-year-old man was found deceased.

"Next of kin have been informed. The death is being treated as unexpected but early inquiries do not indicate it is suspicious. A file will be prepared for the Coroner."

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Topics: Education, News, UK News, London