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Headteacher who banned pupils from wearing heavy make up dies at home

An ‘extraordinary’ head teacher who banned false eyelashes, make-up and fake tan at one of his schools has died.

School bosses said in a statement that Gary Vyse, 37, "passed away" at home, although the cause of his death is not yet known.

Mr Vyse was considered a leading light in his role running six academies as chief executive of The Williamson Trust in Medway, Kent.

The Trust have expressed their shock and sadness at his death, saying he had a real "passion for education".

Paramedics were called to his home around 9.30pm on Monday night.

A South East Coast Ambulance service (SECAMB) spokesman said an ambulance and two first responder cars were sent to his home in Rochester, Kent, but they could not give any more details as it was a private address.

Mr Vyse hit the headlines in 2016 when he criticised parents for allowing pupils at the Hundred Of Hoo Academy to wear heavy lipstick and foundation.

The headteacher told parents and pupils ‘school is not a fashion parade’.

Tributes have poured in from colleagues after the young headteacher’s death.

Michael Costello, Chair of The Williamson Trust, said: "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Mr Gary Vyse, the Chief Executive (CEO) of The Williamson Trust, which oversees the running of six academies in Medway.

"Mr Vyse passed away at home on Monday, February 12.

"We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of such a strong and influential leader. Gary was an extraordinary individual with a passion for education, and a real drive to do the best for the Trust, its staff and its students.

"Gary had been part of the Trust since its inception in April 2011. He was always dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for the children of the Trust.

"The Williamson Trust’s board of directors and senior leadership team will help guide our schools as we come to terms with the loss of Gary.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family and friends."

Councillor Andrew Mackness, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: "I am deeply shocked and saddened by today’s tragic news about Gary.

"As well as being someone I valued as a professional friend and colleague, Gary had been a leading light in driving real improvement in education in Medway and in shaping the way we educate our young people.

"His track record, drive and energy in championing education was outstanding and he will leave a lasting legacy for which we are very grateful.

"Our thoughts at this very sad time are with his family and all the students and staff of The Williamson Trust family who we know will miss him greatly."

Dominic Herrington, Regional Schools Commissioner, for South East and South London, added: "I am deeply saddened by this news. We always had the utmost respect for Gary’s dedication to improving the life chances of children at The Williamson Trust.

"Our thoughts are with his family and those who knew him."

Former students and friends took to social media to praise Mr Vyse for his work.

Carmen Jane Robinson posted on Facebook : "If it’s true about Gary Vyse then it’s very sad news and my thoughts go out to his young family."

Corrine Simmons posted: "I’m so shocked and saddened by this news. He was honestly one of the best mentors and teachers I ever had throughout my time at Hundred of Hoo!!

"Helped me through a lot in school (2003-2008), was always there for me and was always a great laugh. Always pushed you to do your best and you could always tell he was so proud!!

"I have a lot of great memories I will treasure. He will be missed a lot!!

"Thoughts go to his family and colleagues at this awful time."

Natasha Rixson posted: "Lovely man, always sat me at his desk as I talk too much. such a great loss. Shame people didn’t tell him when he was here."

My Vyse became head teacher of the Hundred of Hoo Academy in September 2011.

The academy had been placed into Special Measures in April 2009, but by December 2012 Ofsted rated it ‘good’.

Under his guidance, the academy rose to the top 20 per cent of secondary schools in England and Wales for the pupils’ progress.

In January 2014, My Vyse became a local leader of Education and part of the Ofsted Headteachers Group for the South East and London.

In September 2015, the academy became Medway’s first to provide all-through provision for four to 19-year-olds.

In September 2016, My Vyse became chief executive officer for The Williamson Trust.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/extraordinary-headteacher-who-banned-pupils-12027058

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