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Allington Primary School head teacher Mark Geadah found hanged after suffering work-related depression, Maidstone inquest hears

01 September 2014
by James Walker

A popular head teacher was found hanged at home after suffering depression because of stress at work, an inquest has heard today. 

A coroner was told Mark Geadah, who led Allington and Aylesford primary schools, was being treated by his GP for the condition.

He was discovered dead in a summer house at the bottom of his garden, in Beech Drive, on Sunday, August 24.

Head teacher Mark Geadah was found hanged at home

Head teacher Mark Geadah was found hanged at home

Ambulance crews attended and pronounced the 43-year-old dead at 9.30am.

Mr Geadah, who was found by his wife, had been receiving treatment from his doctor for several months.

He had been at the helm of Allington Primary School, in Hildenborough Crescent, for nine years.

Under his leadership, Allington Primary had two Ofsted inspections and in the most recent one, in 2008, the school was rated as "outstanding".

In March, he was also named head of Aylesford Primary School.

His death sparked an outpouring of grief last week, with dozens of tributes left outside the schools.

A mass of flowers have been placed at the school in tribute to head teacher Mark Geadah

A mass of flowers have been placed at the school in tribute to head teacher Mark Geadah

Coroner Patricia Harding opened the inquest at 10.30am in the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone.

Coroner's officer Linda Moore told the hearing: "He was found by his wife. Ambulance service confirmed death at 9.30am.

"He had been treated by his GP for depression for several months due to pressure of work."

A full hearing is due to take place on Tuesday, November 11.

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