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We are committed to supporting all of our students and their families during these uncertain and challenging times.

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Wednesday 5th May 2021

Dear parents and carers,

I am writing to you with some tragic news for our #TeamBRIGHTstowe community.

One of our Year 11 students, Charlie Hill, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last night.  This has come as a huge shock to everyone, most of all her family.

Charlie was a wonderful young woman who was loved by all who knew her and who shone bright in all that she did.  It was an honour have her as one of our students.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated staff team here to support our students through this difficult time, along with counsellors and other specialists from the Oasis North Bristol Hub and Bristol City Council.  We also know that many students will find it helpful to carry on with school life as normal; we will do our best to make this the case for them.

Out of respect for Charlie’s family we would request that you and your children refrain from speculating about the cause of her death, including on social media.  In the near future we will agree an appropriate way to formally remember Charlie within the Brightstowe community. For now, I ask that your thoughts and prayers are with her family and that you spend time encouraging your children to speak openly about how this tragedy makes them feel.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any point should you want to discuss how this tragic news is affecting your child. We remain committed to supporting every member of our community.  In the meantime, if you or your child needs support overnight, please contact the organisations below:

Cruse Bereavement Care - www.cruse.org.uk - tel: 0808 808 1677

www.childline.org.uk - tel: 0800 1111

www.samaritans.org - tel: 116 123

Yours,  

Alan Dane

Principal


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