Portslade school mourns teacher Mark Woolley found dead in shed

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A primary school teacher has been found dead in his garden shed after family members reported him missing.

Sussex Police found the body of Year Three teacher Mark Woolley after worried family members alerted the police.

Children at Benfield Primary School in Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, where the 41-year-old had taught for eight years, have been informed and offered counselling.

His class is currently being covered by existing staff members.


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Post-mortem reports indicate Mr Woolley, described as “much loved”, died from carbon monoxide poisoning. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Chairman of governors at Benfield Primary School, Jenny Barnard-Langston, yesterday said: “Mark Woolley was a highly respected and much-loved teacher.

“He had been at the school for eight years and will be greatly missed by our children, staff and parents. Our thoughts are with Mark’s family at this very sad time.”

Brighton and Hove City Council’s director of children’s services Pinaki Ghoshal added: “This is very sad news and our hearts go out to Mark’s family, friends and all who knew him.

“Our children’s services team has offered the school their full support – including counselling for anyone who feels they would benefit from it – as we try to help the whole school community to come to terms with this tragic news.”

ASussex Police spokesman said: “Police were called to an address in Princes Terrace, Brighton, on January 25 after a report that a man living there had not been seen since the previous evening.

“The body of the man, Mark Woolley, 41, of that address, was found a short while later by searching officers in a shed at the rear of the premises. There were no suspicious circumstances and the coroner’s officer is continuing enquiries.

“A post-mortem examination found death to have resulted from carbon monoxide poisoning. An inquest has been formally opened and adjourned and a full inquest has been set for April 29.”

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4:28pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Aimee Fiddimore says...

Mr Woolley taught my daughter and son at Benfield. He was a wonderful teacher whom the children adored. This is very, very sad news. Mr Woolley will be missed so much. Prayers and condolences to his poor family. May he rest in peace ****
Mr Woolley taught my daughter and son at Benfield. He was a wonderful teacher whom the children adored. This is very, very sad news. Mr Woolley will be missed so much. Prayers and condolences to his poor family. May he rest in peace **** Aimee Fiddimore

5:57pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Withdean-er says...

He was a genuinely kind and sensitive soul, and has now found peace. Condolences to his wife and young family, at this sad time for them.
He was a genuinely kind and sensitive soul, and has now found peace. Condolences to his wife and young family, at this sad time for them. Withdean-er

6:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

aliandkids says...

Just so heartbreaking Mr Woollley was a wonderful teacher to my son and now daughter who is in his class.. he will be so missed by all the children who thought so much of him .. thinking of his wife and children and family at this very sad time.. R.I.P
Just so heartbreaking Mr Woollley was a wonderful teacher to my son and now daughter who is in his class.. he will be so missed by all the children who thought so much of him .. thinking of his wife and children and family at this very sad time.. R.I.P aliandkids

8:16pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Stephen Vinall says...

Mark was a much loved, energetic and engaging neighbour, who willingly helped and supported his community. Our thoughts go our to Emma and the Children, Dexter, Acer and Darcy, at this time. If there is anything we can do, you only need to ask - Kemp Town Gardening and Community Group.
Mark was a much loved, energetic and engaging neighbour, who willingly helped and supported his community. Our thoughts go our to Emma and the Children, Dexter, Acer and Darcy, at this time. If there is anything we can do, you only need to ask - Kemp Town Gardening and Community Group. Stephen Vinall

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