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Paul Norris, Headteacher at De La Salle School, said: “Sadly a member of the school staff was taken unexpectedly ill this morning and later died.


“Mr Steve Hutchinson, a long serving member of site staff, will be very deeply missed. I have spoken with his family, expressed my personal condolences and shared the sadness and prayers of the whole school community.


“I wish to praise school staff for their exemplary swift action this morning. Emergency services were immediately called and quickly arrived. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, Mr Hutchinson died.


“Long established emergency procedures worked out by the school, in partnership with the Local Authority, were immediately enacted.


“After discussions with the Local Authority, Governing Body and Diocese, the school was closed today and will remain closed to most pupils tomorrow, Tuesday 7th March 2023.


“Arrangements are in place for vulnerable pupils and remote learning will be provided for all pupils at home. Year 11 should attend school as normal and continue with their mock exams.


“Mr Hutchinson was a well-liked and respected member of school staff and his death has impacted many members of our De La Salle community.


“De La Salle school is committed to the emotional wellbeing of all staff and pupils affected by this incident. Counselling services have been arranged and we will provide support for as long as it is required.”