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Students lead tributes after sudden death of teacher

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to an inspirational teacher who died suddenly.

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Kevin Green, geography teacher and former head of sixth form at St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Whitehaven died on Monday.

Students said he had changed their lives and headteacher Ian Smith paid tribute to his “passionate” teaching.

It is understood the Mr Green, from Cockermouth, was on a bike event with friends at the time of his death.

The 56-year-old was remembered for his dedication and love of helping pupils achieve their best, as well as his fundraising for many charities.

Students from the Whitehaven school said Mr Green changed their lives and the man leading the school said he was regarded as a “stalwart” in the school community who will be “tremendously missed” at the school where he taught for many years.

Executive headteacher Ian Smith said: “He will be remembered not only for his teaching, but particularly his extra curricular provision, numerous school excursions and strong sense of pastoral care.

“He was passionate about helping young people achieve their ambitions, particularly encouraging them in university applications.

“He will be missed tremendously by colleagues and students.”

Mr Green’s pupils told how the inspirational leader helped them change their lives, as well as sharing fond memories.

Former student Annmarie McMean said that he would never let his students give up.

“When I was going to leave sixth form he sat me down for about two hours in his free time to talk me into staying,” she said. “He genuinely cared about his students.”

Rebecca Elliot said that she “felt honoured” to have known him. “He was a lovely, caring and genuine man who had a big heart and will be missed by many.”

Another student, Steve Moore, said that Mr Green “made him the person he is today”.

“Mr Green convinced me to run for head boy at the sixth form to boost my confidence and skills,” he said. “I accepted and became the head boy and to this day I owe him a great deal.”

Joanne Fox was in Mr Green’s geography class for five years and she was in sixth form for two years while he was head.

“What I remember most about him was that he was approachable, personable and had a larger than life personality, which made him popular with his students.

“He relished his role as head of sixth form and took personal pride in making sure his students were successful and fulfilled their potential. He was such a lovely man,” said the 28-year-old.

Another student, Michael Raynor, called him a “lovely, fun-loving bloke”.

“My favourite memory is him belting out Beatles’ tunes on the karaoke in the common room.”

And Dave Raynor said: “He was a gentle giant and I was one of the lucky ones to have been taught by him. I remember he used to let us play cricket in the classroom – and would sometimes join in!”

Mr Green was a strong believer in working with pupil’s to raise money for charities.

He established the school’s “pink day” and raised a lot of money for CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, which works to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing countries.

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I heard the extremely sad news of Kevin's untimely passing this morning from a former colleague at Edge Hill University. I worked with Kevin over a number of years in my role as a Schools Liaison Officer. Kevin was a lovely man, whose integrity, warmth, commitment and genuine care for all of his students was clear to see to all who met him. As a fellow Liverpudlian, we hit it off immediately and I always looked forward to visiting St Benedicts and was always struck by how fantastic a rapport Kevin had with his students. RIP Kev.

Posted by Chris Bayes on 12 September 2013 at 19:41

Mr.Green was an amazing teacher, he teached me for a full year and he made lessons fun...he was a legand and I cant belive he's gone:( RIP Mr.Green.

Posted by Katie Hooper on 28 August 2013 at 22:26

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