Message from Karen Kerridge, Headteacher.

Some members of our school community will already be aware of a tragic incident involving one of our students over the weekend. I am now able to share some details with you.

It is with immense sadness that on Saturday, we learnt of the tragic death of our Year 10 student, Sam Curry.

I know this news will come as a terrible shock to all of us, teachers, staff and students at The Appleton School. We extend heartfelt condolences to Sam’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.

Sam was a well-known and popular student, who was outgoing with many friends, and loved playing basketball.

There will be people who are particularly affected by Sam's tragic death and we will provide support for anyone who needs this. There will be specially trained counsellors to assist students and staff in the coming days and weeks. In memory of Sam there will be a book of condolence available in the school hall on Friday 24th July from 9am until 1pm for anyone who wishes to send their written condolences to the family. In addition, we will remember Sam more formally when school begins in September.

Thank you to all of you who have sent messages of support and condolence.

We also realise that this very sad event may be difficult for some and this is understandable. The following web based or telephone counselling services are available to you throughout the summer break:

Kooth.com
A web based service available every day until 10pm. Service for 14-25 year olds only.

Samaritans
Call 116123 or jo@samaritans.org (Response time 24 hours)

NELFT
(Run by NHS) Call 03003001600 (EWMHS) Open 9-5pm or NELFT out of hours on 03005551201

Childline
0800 1111

Child Bereavement UK
08000288840 or support@childbereavementuk.org

Yours sincerely,

Karen Kerridge,
Headteacher.