Academy’s tribute after tragic death of teenager Ellie Grant

East Point Academy, Lowestoft, with floral tributes paid to 15-year-old Ellie Grant. PHOTO: Nick But

East Point Academy, Lowestoft, with floral tributes paid to 15-year-old Ellie Grant. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A shocked community is trying to come to terms with what has been described as the 'very tragic' death of a 15-year-old schoolgirl, the principal of a Lowestoft academy revealed.

Tribute to Ellie Grant left in Fen Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

Tribute to Ellie Grant left in Fen Park. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Touching tributes have been paid to Ellie Grant, after the teenager died in a south Lowestoft park.

The 15-year-old East Point Academy student, who has been described as 'beautiful' and a 'sweet angel' in social media tributes, went missing from her home in Lowestoft.

Police were contacted just before 5.30am on Monday, with her disappearance said to be out of character. The teenager had last been seen at 10.30pm the previous night, when she had gone to her room.

After conducting a search of the area, police officers found a body in Fen Park, Kirkley just before 6am.

Investigations are continuing into the teenager's death ahead of a file being prepared for the coroner, but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

Paying tribute to Ellie on behalf of East Point Academy in Kirkley Run, principal Richard Dolding said: 'Ellie was a very popular student, and well-known throughout the academy for her vibrant character and supportive personality.

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'She joined us in Year 7 and has grown up with us all, so it is strange and upsetting to think that we won't see her again. Ellie will be greatly missed here,' Mr Dolding admitted.

'These have been difficult days for her friends in school, for our staff, and for the wider school community, though I have been heartened by the way we have united to grieve together and care for each other.

'All of our thoughts are with Ellie's family, as we continue to support them and each other in trying to come to terms with these very tragic events.'

East Point Academy is continuing to make additional pastoral support from counsellors available to the students and staff following the tragedy.

Floral tributes have been left at the school and at Fen Park, and hundreds of heartfelt tributes have also been posted online.

ONLINE TRIBUTES

Following the tragic news of the death of Ellie Grant, tributes have been paid to the 15-year-old on social media.

Described as 'beautiful' and a 'sweet angel', many said that the teenager's death was 'heartbreaking' as they offered their thoughts and condolences to the young girl's family. On the Lowestoft Journal's Facebook page nearly 100 tributes have been posted from schoolfriends, family friends and members of the community saddened by Ellie's death.

Tina Smith said: 'So young and beautiful, rest in peace! You'll definitely be sadly missed everyday. Forever in our hearts, thoughts go out to family and friends.'

Sarah Wright posted: 'This is heartbreaking. Thoughts are with the family and friends of this young girl.'

Bernie Evans commented: 'So sad may you rest in peace sweet angel xx.'

Kara Glass added: 'I don't know this poor girl or her family but my heart breaks for you all.'

Would you like to pay tribute to Ellie Grant? Send your tributes via email to mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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