Evan Rees-Humphreys

Dear Parents & Carers

This morning we held a special assembly to inform the school that very sadly Evan Rees Humphreys died on Friday evening following his brave battle with cancer.

We talked of the need to grieve and that many people will be affected in many different ways. I have encouraged pupils to recognise that they will experience many different emotions and have a range of feelings and thoughts. As well as the pain that comes with loss we discussed the need to remember all of the positive memories and thoughts that we have of Evan.

I have arranged for additional support for pupils who may need it in the form of small group and individual bereavement counselling. The Local Authority are also providing additional staff to support us as a school community as well as individual pupils.

We will open a book of condolence tomorrow for pupils and staff to write their memories, thoughts and feelings. We will then pass this on to Evan’s mum at the end of the week. We will of course want to celebrate Evan’s life formally and I will keep parents informed of our plans in the next few days.

I also know that the whole school community and Gamlingay as a village will offer heartfelt condolences and all of the support possible to Sarah Humphreys in the time ahead.

Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Evan Rees Humphreys. A remarkable young man whose intelligence, good humour and bravery served as such an inspiration to us all. We are proud of him as a head student, a history making mathematician, a fundraiser and most of all for just being the wonderful Ev - a 13 year old who was loved and respected by all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

Evan Rees Humphreys – we remember you as a friend and an inspiration and we shall miss you terribly.

James Birkett

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