Headteacher praises ‘much-loved’ boy, 14, who died on school trip assault course

A headteacher has paid tribute to a "much-loved" 14-year-old boy who died on a school trip to an assault course.

The 14-year-old is believed to have collapsed while on dry land at the Camelot Events adventure site in Beare Green, Surrey, on Thursday, July 18.

He was with a group of pupils taking the challenge to complete the mud assault course as an end of school year trip, it is understood.

Now, Matt Duffield, headteacher at Glyn secondary school in Epsom, said students will be offered counselling sessions following the tragedy.

He said: "He was the type of boy that would say hello to people in the corridor regardless of whether they were staff or students: he wanted to be everyone's friend.

"As well as being exceptionally polite, he had a unique personality that helped him shine at Glyn. This is a very difficult situation for everyone within our school community.

"I have this morning met with students and I have been struck by their collective response and notably the fact that their thoughts, care and compassion for the family have been the most evident responses. 

"This is a testament to how members of the Glyn community support one another and reflects the values that we hold as a school."

Emergency services rushed to the centre after the alarm was raised shorty before 1pm and reports say other pupils were ushered away.

An air ambulance helicopter was sent to the scene along with road ambulances.

Sadly the boy died at the scene, police have now confirmed.

A woman working near the assault course said: "I saw about two police cars and three ambulances and it did look quite serious."

She added: "They were just in a field across the road from us, I could see loads of cars dropping the kids off and picking them up.


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