Published: 20:06, 02 February 2021
| Updated: 20:10, 02 February 2021
A school has paid tribute to a "bubbly, happy and positive" teacher after his shock sudden death.
Herne Bay High School teacher Matt Norris died in the early hours, the school's head teacher has said.
The details around his tragic death have not been revealed but it is understood not to be connected to Covid-19.
Principal Jon Boyes broke the heart-breaking news to parents in an emotional letter today, saying that the school and teaching staff had been "impacted significantly" by the news.
A cover teacher, Mr Norris had worked with the school for three years, and Mr Boyes said that he had "forged relationships and friendships that were both deep and long lasting".
"Matt was a true reflection of what the school represents," he continued. "He was bubbly, happy, positive, would help anyone and would always go the extra mile to support staff and students, no matter what the issue.
"Personally, I knew Matt well and his passing will leave a big hole in the fabric of the school; it is just so sad.
"I had the sad task of informing our staff body tonight and, as you can imagine, the news has impacted them significantly.
"I am sure that there will be many of you, both parents and students, who will be devastated by the news.
"I am sure that you will join me in sharing our thoughts and prayers with Matt's family at this sad time."