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Person hit by train at Chertsey was Year 9 pupil

Person hit by train at Chertsey was Year 9 pupil

Published by Carol Musgrave at 10:01am 16th July 2019. (Updated at 9:25am 17th July 2019)

A Year 9 teenage boy has been identified as the person who died at Chertsey station yesterday (July 15).

The Salesian School pupil was hit by a South Western Railway train between Virginia Water and Weybridge in the late afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the tracks at around 4pm, but paramedics were unable to save the boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement yesterday, executive headteacher James Kibble said the school body was "devastated" - and that it would be providing support for pupils:

"We were devasted to find out that, following an incident at Chertsey Station, one of our Year 9 students died this afternoon.

"This is an incredibly difficult situation for everyone, but knowing the faith, compassion and strength of our school community, I am confident that we will work together to support one another. This will start from first thing tomorrow, and will be holding a series of assemblies to talk to the students about what has happened and how we can collectively come to terms with this tragedy. We will have counsellors and our Educational Psychologist on site for any child in need of professional support.

"We would ask that our community joins together to remember the student and their family in their prayers at this incredibly sad time."

Parents were sent an email last night from Mr Kibble, informing them of the tragedy, and asking them to "...remember the student, the family and the school in

He said today's scheduled sports day would be cancelled, and that pupils should attend lessons as normal.

Here is the email in full:

"Dear All,

"I am very sorry to inform those of you who haven’t already heard that, following an incident at Chertsey Station, one of our Year 9 children died this afternoon.

"We will be holding a series of assemblies in the morning to talk to the students about what has happened and how we can support them to cope if they are struggling. We will have counsellors and our Educational Psychologist on site for any child in need of professional support and will assume parental consent for any child that requests this service, unless we hear from you to the contrary.

"Children benefit from structure and routine in situations like this and we would encourage you to send children to school tomorrow. We will have staff on hand at the station in the morning and they will be well-looked after throughout the day. If for any reasons you decide not to send a student in tomorrow, it’s really important that you let us know so that we can be confident that anyone not it school is safe.

"I will be in touch again tomorrow with an update but would encourage anyone with any specific concerns to contact the school, there will be plenty of people here to offer any support you need.

"Given the tragic circumstances, we have taken the decision to cancel Sports Day tomorrow. We will instead be having a “normal” school day tomorrow, in order to make the best possible provision for the well-being of everyone in the school community.

"There will no doubt be plenty of coverage of the situation in the media over the coming days and weeks and this will undoubtedly have an impact on many in our school community.  Given the sensitivity of the situation, particularly for the family of the student involved, can I please encourage you to be considerate in your use of social media regarding this and refrain from posting anything that may cause upset to others.

"This is a difficult situation for everyone but knowing the faith, compassion and strength of our school community, I am confident that we will work together to support one another through the challenges ahead. Please do remember the student, the family and the school in your prayers and thank you in advance for everything I know you will do to support us over the coming days."

British Transport Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious. 

A file will be prepared for the coroner.

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