The grandmother of a teenager who died suddenly at school has paid tribute to her “gorgeous boy”.

Fourteen-year-old Ted Sanderson, who was a pupil at Woodham Academy in Newton Aycliffe, collapsed in class on Tuesday.

Describing Ted is ‘her world’, his nan Lynn Wilson said:  “He was a gorgeous boy. He knew everything. He was so much fun and he had so much character. He was perfect.

“He loved everything about life.

“I can’t think how we are going to live without him. We are going to have to get through this together.”

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Ted went to school as normal on Tuesday but his family got a call shortly after the start of the day to say he had collapsed.

The Northern Echo: Ted with his grandparents Lynn and Keith and cousin Dean Ted with his grandparents Lynn and Keith and cousin Dean

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough but sadly died.

The cause of death is not yet known.  

The youngster, who lived with his grandparents Lynn and Keith and dad Eddie, was passionate about music and loved outdoor sports like fishing and shooting.

He hoped to one day become a history or RE teacher – subjects he loved at school and had niche knowledge on topics as varied as the CIA, the troubles in Northern Ireland and gun law.

“He was proud to be a geek,” Lynn added. “Him and his mates used to go and play Airsoft on a Sunday and he loved his nerf wars.

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“He was never sitting down except when he was playing his games. He loved them.

“He loved everything about his life. Fishing, shooting, music. His history, and school. He was a perfect boy. We can’t live without him.”

There has been an outpouring of grief from Ted’s friends and family. Hundreds of Northern Echo readers have passed on their condolences to those who knew him.

And a touching tribute was made by Woodham Academy headteacher Andrew Bell, who described him as a “remarkable young man”.

A special remembrance assembly was held at the school on Wednesday.

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