Teacher found dead on stage day after school’s nativity play

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In a heartbreaking incident that has shaken the prestigious Pembridge Hall School in London's Notting Hill, a 52-year-old veteran teacher was found dead at the scene of the school's nativity play. The news has left both staff and students in shock.

The tragedy unfolded when clergymen stumbled upon the lifeless body of the dedicated teacher on the stage of a nearby church, where he had orchestrated the much-anticipated Christmas play.

The shocking discovery was made last Tuesday morning, with reports suggesting that the teacher had passed away the previous evening, following the nativity play.

The school's Christmas Carol Concert, initially scheduled at the same church venue, has since been relocated to an alternate location.

Will Coleridge, the Church of England vicar of St. Matthew's, Bayswater in west London, shared his condolences, saying via The Sun, "We sadly had an unfortunate incident here on Monday night. It was inside the church. I can't say too much, but it is dreadful. I half knew the deceased. Of course, the nativity here is all canceled now - they will do it elsewhere, which is understandable."

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A 52-year-old veteran teacher was found dead at the scene of the school's nativity play. The news has left both staff and students in shock and sorrow. Credit: Joe Raedle / Getty

Pembridge Hall School, located a short two-minute walk from St. Matthew's, is renowned for providing top-tier preparatory education for girls aged four to 11. The school is closely associated with Wetherby, the institution attended by Princes William and Harry, as well as actor Hugh Grant.

The school emphasizes its strong connections with the local community, regularly conducting Friday assemblies and seasonal productions at St. Matthew's.

Sophie Banks, Headmistress of Pembridge Hall School, expressed the school's deep sorrow, stating, "We are all deeply saddened at the recent passing of a member of our school's community. 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."

A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service confirmed their response to the incident, stating, "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."

Scotland Yard provided additional information, revealing, "Police were called at 08:55 hrs 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."

Featured image credit: Bethany Clarke / Getty

Teacher found dead on stage day after school’s nativity play

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By VT

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In a heartbreaking incident that has shaken the prestigious Pembridge Hall School in London's Notting Hill, a 52-year-old veteran teacher was found dead at the scene of the school's nativity play. The news has left both staff and students in shock.

The tragedy unfolded when clergymen stumbled upon the lifeless body of the dedicated teacher on the stage of a nearby church, where he had orchestrated the much-anticipated Christmas play.

The shocking discovery was made last Tuesday morning, with reports suggesting that the teacher had passed away the previous evening, following the nativity play.

The school's Christmas Carol Concert, initially scheduled at the same church venue, has since been relocated to an alternate location.

Will Coleridge, the Church of England vicar of St. Matthew's, Bayswater in west London, shared his condolences, saying via The Sun, "We sadly had an unfortunate incident here on Monday night. It was inside the church. I can't say too much, but it is dreadful. I half knew the deceased. Of course, the nativity here is all canceled now - they will do it elsewhere, which is understandable."

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A 52-year-old veteran teacher was found dead at the scene of the school's nativity play. The news has left both staff and students in shock and sorrow. Credit: Joe Raedle / Getty

Pembridge Hall School, located a short two-minute walk from St. Matthew's, is renowned for providing top-tier preparatory education for girls aged four to 11. The school is closely associated with Wetherby, the institution attended by Princes William and Harry, as well as actor Hugh Grant.

The school emphasizes its strong connections with the local community, regularly conducting Friday assemblies and seasonal productions at St. Matthew's.

Sophie Banks, Headmistress of Pembridge Hall School, expressed the school's deep sorrow, stating, "We are all deeply saddened at the recent passing of a member of our school's community. 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."

A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service confirmed their response to the incident, stating, "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."

Scotland Yard provided additional information, revealing, "Police were called at 08:55 hrs 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."

Featured image credit: Bethany Clarke / Getty