Tributes to tragic maths teacher

TRIBUTES have been paid to a teacher who died after an accident at a reservoir.Peter Pratt, who taught maths at Thomas Lord Audley School and Language College in Colchester, died in Colchester General Hospital's intensive care unit.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a teacher who died after an accident at a reservoir.

Peter Pratt, who taught maths at Thomas Lord Audley School and Language College in Colchester, died in Colchester General Hospital's intensive care unit.

The 68-year-old had been sailing on Ardleigh Reservoir when the boat he and a woman were in capsized and the pair decided to swim to the shore.

Mr Pratt, of Mile End Road, Colchester, was pulled from the water after collapsing and given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by his sailing partner and the reservoir's grass cutter, Martin Holland.


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He was flown to Colchester General Hospital by Essex Air Ambulance following the accident on October 28 but died the next day.

A statement from Thomas Lord Audley School said: "Peter Pratt came to the Thomas Lord Audley School and Language College to teach part-time whilst working at the Citizens Advice Bureau as a volunteer.

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"He had previously been a head of mathematics in another Colchester School.

"Peter had a passion for teaching and wanted to make a contribution to the lives of the children he taught.

"He believed that teaching was important and that young people were entitled to a good education.

"After two years, some spent travelling 120 miles to school and back, Peter joined the school full-time. He supported the teachers in the maths department and also looked after the younger teachers in the maths department and also looked after the younger teachers he came into contact with."

It added: "We will miss his deep gravelly voice that told of his Suffolk origin as soon as he spoke to you; we will miss his broad smile that stretched from one eccentric ear to the other.

"Staff and students miss him being about the place and are making preparations to celebrate his time with us in a memorial assembly and for a commemorative plaque in the School Memorial Garden."

An inquest into Mr Pratt's death has been opened and adjourned by the Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray.

A full hearing will be held at a later date.

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