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Letter to families from Mr Mundy-Castle

posted 5 Nov 2018, 03:47 by Michele Colt
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of a tragic event that will affect our school community.

On Thursday last week, one of our year 11 students was sadly hit and killed by a train near Mortlake Station. At this point, his name has not been released to the wider public but we have been able to share his information with his year 11 peers.

We informed his friends and his year group this morning. They have had specialist support from the local authority in the form of bereavement counsellors and our own in-house counsellor also remains available to offer support whenever required. Our staff are also being supported by internal and external agencies as they endeavour to deliver as normal a school experience as possible.

On the advice of the Samaritans, we will not be formally informing the wider school at this stage. They have asked us to try and maintain normality for all our other students. I am kindly requesting that you keep an eye on your children over the next few days and report to us via your child’s tutor if their mood is negatively affected. We will provide counselling where required, especially if they were friends of this student.

It is always incredibly difficult to deal with bereavement but I know that the RPA community will pull together and support each other through this period.

All our heartfelt condolences are with the family at this time; we will plan a delegation of his peers to the funeral once the details are received.

I thank you all for your support and ask for continued sensitivity as we grieve and come to terms with this heartbreaking event.

Kind regards

Paul Mundy-Castle