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School mourning tragedy of teen girl who died ‘unexpectedly in her sleep’

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The girl, a student at the sixth form college at King John School in Thundersley, Essex, passed away suddenly last week. The headteacher says it is “an incredibly difficult time” as pupils grieve her death. 

Support and counselling is available at the school to help the youngsters come to terms with the death, Essex Live reports. 

They were informed about the tragedy in an assembly on Monday.

In a letter sent to parents, headteacher Dan Steel said: “Clearly, this is an incredibly difficult time, and this week we will have staff on hand to provide further support as required.

Should you feel your child would benefit from any extra support, the Child Bereavement UK service can be accessed here and we would encourage you to make use of this if needed.

“Over the coming weeks, my main priority will be offering support to the family in any way I can, and taking care of all our students and staff throughout this period.

“Thank you for your understanding and support. When the time is right I will write again about how we might come together as a community to remember and begin to heal.”

No further details about the girl, including her age, have been disclosed at this stage.

The school, rated as Good by Ofsted this year, caters for more than 2,100 pupils, including approximately 400 in the sixth form.

The tragedy happened days after an 11-year-old girl died after going into cardiac arrest at her school in Highfields, Leicester.

Pupils at Moat Community College are also being offered counselling to help them grieve.

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