A 17-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to murdering schoolgirl Ellie Gould.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted killing the A-level student when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday morning.
Judge Peter Blair said sentencing would take place at a later date to allow for reports on the defendant to be prepared.
Year 12 pupil Ellie died from stab wounds at an address in Calne, Wiltshire, on 3 May.
Her family previously described the keen horse rider and animal-lover as “fun-loving and a joy to be around”.
They added: “We would like Ellie to be remembered as a kind, caring young lady with a wonderful, fun personality.”
Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, where Ellie attended, said at the time of her death, that it was “shocked and saddened”, adding: “Ellie was a talented, popular and much-loved member of our school community who will be dearly missed.”
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