A secondary school in Darlington has paid tribute to a much-loved teaching assistant and dad-of-five after his sudden death.

Christopher Greaves had worked at Wyvern Academy in Branksome, for 13 years and was known for always going the extra mile.

The 47-year-old leaves behind his wife, Rachel, and their five children; Elizabeth, 26, Hannah, 24, William, 21, Oliver 17, Edward, 16.

He was also a grandfather to Ciaran, Harry, Grace and Lily.

The Northern Echo: Chris Greaves passed away last week. Picture: THE GREAVES FAMILYChris Greaves passed away last week. Picture: THE GREAVES FAMILY

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The Northern Echo: Wyvern Academy, Darlington. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTWyvern Academy, Darlington. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Speaking on behalf of staff and pupils at Wyvern Academy, headmaster, Owen Inglis, paid respect to a man who always went the “extra mile.”

Mr Inglis said: “Chris joined us at Wyvern in 2009 as a science technician.

“Keen to support our students further, he moved into the maths department before moving into the special educational needs department as a teaching assistant.

“Always wanting to develop his skills further, he became a higher level teaching assistant, with an ambition to become a teacher.

“Chris gave his time and support freely, boosting others when they needed it and always going the extra mile to support our school community.

“He readily volunteered for extracurricular activities and had a passion for coaching school football teams so that our pupils could have these richer experiences.

“We will always remember Chris as a member of staff who deeply cared for our students. He was passionate about being in the classroom and supporting our students. He was a much-loved colleague by staff and students alike and we will deeply miss him.”

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