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Inquest into death of Hundred of Hoo Academy head teacher Gary Vyse opens

By Amy Nickalls

An inquest into the death of a popular Medway head teacher opened today.

Gary Vyse, chief executive of the Williamson Trust and head of the Hundred of Hoo Academy, was found dead at his home in Rochester on Monday, February 12.

At the opening of the inquest at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone, the coroner heard Mr Vyse was found hanged. He was discovered by a friend.

Gary Vyse is the head teacher of Hundred of Hoo Academy

Tributes were paid to the head teacher by his fellow teachers and local politicians.

Students from Hoo Academy also paid their respects by bringing flowers to the school as they returned from their half term break.

Micheal Costello, chair of The Williamson Trust, said: "We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of such a strong and influential leader.

"Gary was an extraordinary individual with a passion for education, and a real drive to do the best for the Trust, its staff and its students.

Students left flowers at the school when they returned after half term

"Gary had been part of the Trust since its inception in April 2011. He was always dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for the children of the Trust.

"The Williamson Trust’s board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team will help guide our schools as we come to terms with the loss of Gary.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary's family and friends.”

The full inquest will be held on May 8.

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