School tribute to teacher Lewis Siddall who died after nightclub assault

Lewis Siddall
Lewis Siddall

Tributes have been paid to “mild mannered” teacher Lewis Siddall from staff at the junior school where he worked.

A special assembly is set to take place at Copley Junior School in Sprotbrough after the summer holiday to remember the 24-year-old.

Lewis Siddall, aged 24, of Skellow, was found dead in his bed after he was assaulted at the VDKA bar on Silver Street in Doncaster town centre.

Police have launched a murder investigation following the tragedy.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and later released on bail.

tributes to lewis Siddall

The following statement from headteacher Elizabeth Crayton was posted on the school’s website.

“I know that many members of our school community will have already heard about the tragic death of Mr Lewis Siddall.

“Staff and governors are greatly shocked and saddened. Lewis was a greatly valued member of our staffing team.

“He was passionate about encouraging pupils to participate in and enjoy sport.

“He taught PE and Games throughout school and willingly gave his time after school and at weekends to support our football and cross country teams.

“Lewis was a truly lovely young man – enthusiastic, mild mannered, polite and always vigilant about pupils’ safety.

“He had recently undertaken training to become a fully qualified first aider in school and had given his time to accompany the Year 5 residential visit to Eyam and the Year 6 residential visit to Northumberland.

“Our teachers returned from the visits full of praise for Lewis, telling me how well he interacted with the pupils and how sensible and thoughtful he was about all aspects of safety on the visits, always looking ahead and making the right decisions.

“In September he was looking forward to undertaking swimming training to become a fully qualified swimming instructor, to support swimming lessons in Year 5. Lewis was keen to develop pupils’ participation in sport and PE.

“Just before the end of the Summer term, he launched our new Sports Council, with pupil representatives elected from each year group. Their role was to meet and decide on ways in which the children would like to see sport and PE develop at Copley Junior.

“In May, Lewis decided that he would like to support the Eve Merton Charity, a local cancer charity for children. As you will remember from the newsletters, Lewis played in a team of Doncaster teachers against ex-professionals.

“He raised over £700 and that so many staff and families went to watch and support him is testimony to how popular and well regarded Lewis was.

“Lewis will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him at Copley Junior School. We will always remember him. When I think about Lewis I can only think of good things – how kind and unassuming he was, how polite and mild mannered, how considerate and enthusiastic, how sensible, reliable and conscientious he was, and there can be no better tribute than that.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his family at this time.

“When we return to school I will talk to the children and we will remember Lewis.

“We will have a simple and age-appropriate assembly and we will support each other as a school community. In due course, we will think of how we can put in place a lasting memorial to Lewis, in discussion with his family.”

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