Charles Read Academy pays tribute to Year 7 pupil who died on Friday

Bailey Drew
Bailey Drew

A school has paid tribute to a young pupil who collapsed and died on Friday evening while playing football with friends in Corby Glen.

Bailey Drew, an 11-year-old Year 7 pupil at Charles Read Academy, died during the kick-about after visiting a fair in the village.

Charles Read Academy Principal Robert Sloan said: “It was with great sadness that we have learned that one of our Year 7 students, Bailey Drew, has passed away.

“Bailey had been playing football in the village late on Friday after visiting the fair. It was during the kick-about that he became unwell and collapsed. Despite the heroic efforts of friends and fellow students to resuscitate him, Bailey died later that evening.

“Bailey was a ball of energy who excelled on the sports field. He was the first name on nearly every team sheet, and the last one to leave the training sessions and practices. In fact, it was only last Thursday that he was named as the player of the tournament in an inter-school rounders competition that the academy held.

“His enthusiasm and cheery demeanour will be greatly missed and will the be the focus of many fond memories over the coming weeks.

“We are looking at ways that we can come together to remember the impact that Bailey has had. A book of condolences has already been set up, and students are coming up with their own ways to celebrate his time with us.

“Charles Read Academy is a small and very close community. News like this is obviously something that we are all finding difficult to take, and we are providing additional support, expertise and guidance to help students and staff understand the emotions that they are going through. As a school I know that we will pull together to face the challenges that such tragic news brings.

“The support that our community has come forward with has been invaluable, and I would personally like to thank everyone for the messages of condolences, warmth and offers of help.”

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