Pupil who fell down stairwell at Jane Austen College in Norwich has died, school confirms

Michael Sousa, who has died after falling from stairs at Jane Austen College in Norwich. Picture: SW

Michael Sousa, who has died after falling from stairs at Jane Austen College in Norwich. Picture: SWNS.com - Credit: SWNS.com

Police say they do not believe there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a pupil who fell from a stairwell at Norwich's Jane Austen College.

The Jane Austen College, Colegate, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Jane Austen College, Colegate, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

The year seven pupil, named locally as Michael Sousa, suffered serious head injuries after the accident on Monday, January 23, when he was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed of the incident and said it is assisting Norfolk Constabulary.

But police said there were no suspicious circumstances around Michael's death.

A spokesperson said: 'We are not investigating any suspicious circumstances surrounding the fall and subsequent death at Jane Austen College. We are in the process of preparing a file for the coroner who will carry out an inquest in due course.'


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On Thursday morning the school confirmed he has died from his injuries, and that extra support would be available for pupils affected by the incident.

Principal Rebecca Handley Kirk said: 'We are devastated by these events, and we send our thoughts and our love to Michael's family and friends.

'Michael had only joined us in September, but was already becoming a well-known student throughout the school, thanks to his lively personality. Michael enjoyed football, making jokes and being with his friends.

'These tragic events are upsetting for students, parents, and staff, but we will continue to support each other, as a strong and loving school community, and we will be making time to remember Michael in the days and weeks ahead.'

A letter was sent to parents on Thursday, informing them that additional pastoral support had been made available for students.

Next Tuesday, February 7, a Go Green non-uniform day will be held in memory of Michael, with students encouraged to dress in his favourite colour.

Funds raised will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance and child bereavement charity Nelson's Journey.

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An online donation page was set up to help the pupil's family, which has since raised £1,705.

Tributes have been posted on the page, with one person saying the whole school 'is in shock'.

Another said he was a 'well-loved character' at Jane Austen.

• If you would like to leave a tribute, please email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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