Redland Green pupil has died unexpectedly, staff confirm

Leaders at one of Bristol’s main sixth form colleges have paid tribute to a student who died unexpectedly this week.

The Year 13 student’s death is not being treated as suspicious, and Bristol Live understands police are investigating the circumstances on behalf of the Avon coroner, ahead of an inquest.

Students and parents at Redland Green Post-16 college, which merges Redland Green and Cotham Schools sixth forms, have been made aware of the tragedy, in a letter today from headteacher Ben Houghton.

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Mr Houghton wrote: “We have received the tragic news earlier today that one of our Post 16 students has died unexpectedly. The family is aware. Since being informed, we have been liaising with the relevant external agencies and supporting those students and parents directly affected.

“We would like to reassure parents that from our discussions with the Police, this is a non-suspicious death which the police are now investigating on behalf of the coroner. We would like to send our condolences to the family and everyone affected by this very sad news,” he added.

Special support is being put in place to help students at Redland Green, with a special assembly being held first thing tomorrow for Year 13 and Year 12 students, and small groups of students will be given the opportunity to meet with bereavement experts during the school day.

“He was a wonderful, popular member of our community who we will miss greatly,” said Mr Houghton. “This will be a huge blow to everyone, especially those of you who knew him well. At this very difficult time all I can say is that your teachers, and all of the staff here, are ready to support you,” he told students and parents.

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