Peterborough pupils are planning to raise money in memory of a ‘fantastic teacher’ who died this week.
Hedley Graeme Mutton, known as Graeme, was reported missing from his home in Market Deeping on Tuesday (November 24). His body was found in Greetwell Quarry, Lincoln, on Saturday (November 28). Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Graeme was a fantastic teacher and an amazing guyJulie Taylor
Graeme had recently joined Thomas Deacon Academy as a maths teacher, and despite only being with the school for a few months, the 41-year-old had made a big impact on staff and pupils at the Peterborough city centre school.
Principal Julie Taylor said: “Graeme joined us in January on a short term supply basis, but he made a big impact. He joined us full time in July in the role of head of house.
“He had not been at the school since the summer break because of illness.
“He was very popular with staff and students. He was passionate about learning, and was going to be areal asset to Thomas Deacon Academy.
“We are all deeply saddened by the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
“We told staff and pupils this week, and the multi-faith pastoral team has offered support to staff and pupils who have been affected. It has been a difficult couple of days for the school.
“Some pupils have said the want to raise money to mark his passing, and it is something we will speak to Graeme’s family about. The children want there to be a focus on the issue of mental health as well.
“Graeme was a fantastic teacher and an amazing guy.”
Graeme had also taught at Deepings School. Before then he taught for many years in Birmingham where he had lived, close to his son, Tyler, who he adored. Graeme played football and rugby locally and attended Stamford School from age 11. He also represented his country at hockey.
In a statement yesterday, his family said: “Graeme went missing last Tuesday and a plea went out on Facebook to try to find him. The response was overwhelming, thank you to everyone who passed on their best wishes.
“Sadly, Graeme’s body was found by police close by to where he went missing on Saturday. He had suffered for some time with depression.
“The family would like to thank everyone for their support. It is going to be tough for us all, and we would greatly appreciate your respect in allowing us all some privacy at this time.
“Funeral arrangements will be advised in due course.
“Rest in peace Graeme. Forty-one years of age.
“A wonderful son, father, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew, brother in law, friend, colleague, teacher, and teammate.”