A TAUNTON school is in mourning after the shock death of one of its students. 

In a post on the school's website yesterday (October 5) Sarah Watson, headteacher at the Castle School paid tribute to year 10 student Charlie Keay and vowed to support its pupils in wake of the loss. 

 "It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the death of one of our children, Charlie Keay in 10R," Mrs Watson said.

"It is always a shock when someone so young dies.

"His friends will be very upset of course, and his tutor group and many of his year group but there may well be other children who are reminded of bereavements and sadness."

The headteacher also urged parents to talk to their children and said they have councillors on hand to help any children affected by Charlie's death. 

"I have reminded the children that people show grief in different ways and I have asked that everyone in the school community is especially kind and gentle with each other," Mrs Watson said.

"Please be respectful of his family and friends and let them have the time and space to grieve in private.

"I would appreciate if you were a little patient with us too while we are supporting the children and, of course, many staff will also be deeply affected."

If you would like to talk to anyone about bereavement you can contact Somerset CRUSE bereavement on 01458 898211 or email somerset@cruse.org.uk.