A SCHOOL has paid tribute to a former teacher whose passion "was second to none" who has died.

St Augustine's Catholic High School posted a tribute to former PE teacher Ian Davies, described as a "legend" who will be "missed dearly and will be forever in our hearts".

Of Friday, St Augustine's said: "We were saddened to hear the devastating news that the community of St Augustine’s and St Helens has lost the 'legend, Ian Davies.

"As a PE teacher, he inspired so many of our students at St Augustine’s, Blackbrook Rugby Club and across the town-leading school teams to Wembley triumphs.

"His passion for rugby, cricket and education were second to none and he was involved with this throughout his life."

It added: "He touched so many people’s lives in so many different ways.

"As a coach, he inspired excellence at school, club and town level. As a teacher he saw the good in every child, and as a chair of governors challenged and supported the school giving a huge amount of time and experience.

"He was a huge support to so many teachers and had a wicked sense of humour with his jokes. He will be missed dearly and will be forever in our hearts.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and the family."