‘The whole school is shocked and saddened’: Floral tributes left at Lowestoft park and academy after death of 15-year-old

Fen_Park, Lowestoft.
Floral tributes to a youngster who died in the park.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Fen_Park, Lowestoft. Floral tributes to a youngster who died in the park. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Students at a Lowestoft high school are being offered support from counsellors after the death of a 15-year-old girl.

Floral tributes left at East Point Academy, Lowestoft. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Floral tributes left at East Point Academy, Lowestoft. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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.

Police were contacted just before 5.30am on Monday following reports that the teen was missing from her home in the town. She had last been seen at 10.30pm on Sunday, when she had gone to her room, and her disappearance was said to be out of character. Officers began a search and found a body in Fen Park, Kirkley just before 6am.

Staff at East Point Academy in Kirkley were informed on Monday, and in a letter sent to parents principal Richard Dolding said: 'I am sorry to have to relay to you that we were informed by police on Monday morning of the sad news of the death of one of our Year 11 students over the weekend.

'The police are treating it as an unexpected but not suspicious death at this time. For the privacy of the family, we are not publicly naming the student. This is upsetting news for the whole school community, and we will be providing support for students with the help of Suffolk County Council's critical incident support team.'

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


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He added: 'They have experienced counsellors who can help guide students through their responses and reactions. I have also spoken to all students on Monday, through a series of year group assemblies.'

Floral tributes have been left at the school in Kirkley Run, and at Fen Park. One parent, whose child knew of the teenager, said: 'The whole school is shocked and saddened. It's heartbreaking.'

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Mr Dolding went on: 'Young people who experience a tragic event such as this will try and make sense of what happened. It's quite normal for them to be upset for quite a while. They will worry less if you can help them to see that their reactions are normal and understandable. You can help them feel safe by sticking to their normal routines as much as possible and continuing with everyday activities.'

He added: 'Your child may or may not want to talk about it, but it is likely that they will need your special care, attention and reassurance in the coming days. We will try to keep the school as normal as possible, with additional support available.'

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