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Update on pupil accident

Published on 02/02/17

Information and advice for parents

A student was admitted to hospital on Monday, January 23, following an accident at the school.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, he did not recover from his injuries and died in hospital. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. We are making sure that fellow students have the support they need both immediately and in the days ahead.

College principal Rebecca Handley Kirk said: "We are devastated by these events, and we send our thoughts and our love to Michael's family and friends.

"Michael had only joined us in September, but was already becoming a well-known student throughout the school, thanks to his lively personality. Michael enjoyed football, making jokes and being with his friends. 

"These tragic events are upsetting for students, parents, and staff, but we will continue to support each other, as a strong and loving school community, and we will be making time to remember Michael in the days and weeks ahead."

Parents are advised that students should attend as usual and that we will be following a normal timetable.

Supporting your child

Together with Dr Bianca Finger-Berry from Norfolk County Council's children services, we have put together advice that parents may find useful.

Whether it was a close friend, or maybe just someone they knew – you may be surprised how young people are affected by a death in the school community.

Children and young people may have problems with sleeping, eating, concentration, wanting to do things. A death of someone their own age can also sometimes get children to think about their own lives, their own families, their purpose in life. Try and be there for them, and talk with them about their thoughts, dreams and hopes for them, and your own view of life, whether this is relating to your own religious beliefs or the values you hold.

It will take time for children to adjust to the death of someone they cared about, and it can be quite hard for parents to see their children upset. Make sure you have someone to talk to as well.

Most children will adjust over time, but please seek help if your child is finding it hard to cope, whether at school or at home. For bereavement support for close friends, you can contact Nelson’s Journey - a local charity that supports young people experiencing bereavement.

Top tips for parents:

  • Ask them about how their day was – accept if they don’t want to talk about it
  • Give them an opportunity to express their feelings
  • Show them your love, care and attention
  • Young people may want to talk about it with their friends – if you can, enable them to do that (this may be via social media – make sure they are doing this in a safe manner)
  • Provide a sense of continuity, safety and routine for them
  • Support them in getting enough sleep.
  • Make sure they eat something, even if they don’t feel like it.

If you have any concerns about your child, please talk to school about it.

Young people came up with these tips for themselves:

  • Talk to your family
  • Keep busy
  • Keep to your routines
  • Do what you want to do
  • Take your mind of things
  • Eat and sleep
  • Hobbies can help
  • Talk with and cuddle your pets
  • Talk to your friends
  • Do something sporty
  • Think of some happy memories
  • Don’t be afraid to show your emotions
  • Seek support when you need it
  • It’s okay to have fun and be happy