Sudden death of Year 11 student ‘rocks’ Burntwood school

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Pupils are being offered counselling after the tragic death of a Year 11 schoolgirl in Burntwood .

The student died at the weekend and classmates at Chase Terrace Technology College were notified of the tragedy on Monday.

The schoolgirl has not been named, but there are not believed to have been any suspicious circumstances.

Head teacher Stuart Jones said staff and pupils had been left devastated by her death. He said: “All out efforts and attention at the moment are focused on supporting the whole school, which has been absolutely rocked by the death. We have a lot of young people who are grieving and need a lot of support.”

Parents were notified of the tragedy in a letter home.

Mr Jones wrote: “I am writing to let you know that, very sadly, one of our students in Year 11 died over the weekend.

“Our thoughts are very much with the student’s family.

“At this stage, only limited information is available but we understand that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Stuart Jones, Head teacher at Chase Terrace Technology College

“We have asked the students to be especially careful regarding their use of social media and to bear in mind how events can often be misrepresented.”

The head teacher also stressed that services would be available to any students to support them during the grieving process.

“There are many young people and staff who are shaken and upset by this news and Staffordshire Educational Psychology Service is advising over how to provide the support that is needed.

“The students know that all of the staff here will do their very best to support them.

“At home, your son/daughter may need more of your time than usual.

“I attach a leaflet about bereavement, which you may find helpful.

“This is the very worst type of news that I could ever have to write home about but I am extremely confident that, supported by yourselves and by the staff, the students here will provide each other with an exceptional level of support.”