School in mourning after two pupils die suddenly in one week

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Harry Towers and Mohammed Habib passed away during October half-term and were both remembered in prayers during an online assembly on Tuesday. St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, has ensured support is available for its grieving students and staff.

Harry, who was in year 11, died on Saturday October 30, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.

He was described as a popular teenager with “care and compassion”.

Garrett Murray, acting headteacher at the school, said: “Harry approached life with a wonderful sense of humour and showed such care and compassion towards all those that he encountered. Harry was popular and loved by all his peers, teachers and pastoral staff. He will be deeply missed by all in our school community.”

And Habib, a year 10 pupil, died on Sunday October 24.

Paying tribute, Mr Murray said: “Mohammed was devout in his faith. His charitable nature will be sorely missed by all in the community.

“In his quiet way, Habib always looked out for others in need and was ready to support and help them. He will be deeply missed by all in our school community.”

The school, which caters for around 1,100 pupils, has offered both families its condolences.

“The school is deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of two of our learners Mohammed Habib and Harry Towers,” Mr Murray continued.

“We are praying for them and their families and friends and keeping them in our thoughts at this very difficult time.

“I’m in contact with both families and have offered our deepest condolences and support.

“This will have a large impact on the whole school community and we are ensuring support is available in school for anyone who needs it.”

Staffordshire Educational Psychology Service is providing support following the tragedies.

Mr Murray added: “At this stage, the cause of each death has not yet been determined and out of respect for both families, we would ask people not to speculate, particularly on social media, at this very difficult time.

“I would ask that you keep both learners and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”

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