Girl, 16, found dead at prestigious boarding school

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who was found dead in the grounds of a boarding school just weeks before her GCSE exams.

Caitlyn Scott-Lee, a student in year 11, has today been pictured for the first time since her death on Friday.

Thames Valley Police were called to Wycombe Abbey School, in Buckinghamshire, at around 11.40pm.

Her body is understood to have been discovered in a wooded area close to the sports centre playing grounds.

Circumstances around the 16-year-old’s death remain unclear, but the force said it is not being treated as suspicious. A file is being prepared for the coroner.

Her family has since released a website dedicated to the girl, who was described as ‘much loved’ and ‘a little angel’.

A statement read: ‘Caitlyn was a well loved member of the Wycombe Abbey community and had a particular passion for the theatre, arts, music, and the environment.

‘Caitlyn was gifted with autism and had an ability to see the world uniquely and thrive at her boarding house.

‘The school, friends, and family are grieving her loss but we are comforted in her personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

‘Caitlyn enjoyed nature, the environment, sustainability, and birds. She would have appreciated potted plants over cut flowers, and support for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

‘Tributes and donations can be made in Caitlyn’s memory, here:’

In an email to parents in Caitlyn’s year, known as Upper V, this week, headmistress Jo Duncan said: ‘They are a close year group and, as you will understand, they are very shocked and upset.

‘It is an extremely difficult time for everyone and we will do our utmost to provide the additional pastoral care the girls will need.’

Ms Duncan ended her letter saying: ‘I am sure that you will join me and everyone at Wycombe Abbey in sending our deepest sympathies to Caitlyn’s parents, siblings and wider family who are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.’

A parents’ charity event and a funfair at the weekend were cancelled as a mark of respect.

In its most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report, Wycombe Abbey was rated ‘excellent’ for academic achievements and personal development.

Former pupils include Dominic Cummings’ wife Mary Wakefield, Clarissa Ward, CNN chief international correspondent, and actress Sally Phillips. has contacted Thames Valley Police for a further comment.

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