Students and staff at The Deepings School are in shared mourning with the family of sixth-former Lucy Jessop who tragically died just seven months before her 19th birthday.
Lucy, of Northborough, near Deeping St James, was exercising with a friend when she collapsed after suffering a suspected heart attack on Wednesday, February 25.
Lucy had been a student here since September 2008 and was a very popular and intelligent young womanChris Beckett
Paramedics treated Lucy at the scene before she was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital where she sadly passed away five days later.
Students at The Deepings School wrote tributes to Lucy, who was due to take A-level exams in biology, chemistry and maths this summer, on steel work for the school’s new £4 million science building.
One of the tributes from Joe Bates read: “In loving memory of (one of) the cleverest, funniest, busiest and most outgoing people I know, miss you Luce.”
Another tribute from fellow chemistry student Hunaida Bhabha read: “You will forever remain in our hearts – always love you and never forgotten”, while Olivia Brown wrote: “In loving memory of one of the most kind and lovely friends I’ve had the pleasure to know – we will never forget you.”
A Celebration of Life ceremony for Lucy was held on Thursday at Crowland Abbey where a number of tributes were read by friends and Chris Beckett who retired as headteacher of The Deepings School last July.
Mr Beckett said: “I was asked by Lucy’s parents to prepare and present a tribute to her during the service.
“I knew Lucy very well and it was a genuine honour to do so on what was a very sad occasion on Thursday.”
A charity football match on Friday between sixth-formers and staff was held at the school to raise money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
In a tribute, the school said: “Lucy had been a student here since September 2008 and was a very popular and intelligent young woman.
“She was also a member of the school’s Gifted and Able cohort who continued into our Sixth Form where she studied biology, chemistry, maths and physics at AS-level before choosing biology, chemistry and maths at A-level as she planned to go to university to study pharmaceutical science.
“Lucy was an excellent ambassador for the school, an outstanding role-model for younger students and an amazing person who was much loved by her family and friends, looked up to by her peers and respected by the staff.
“The Deepings School is devastated by the news of Lucy’s death and her positive, pro-active, intelligent and caring approach to life will be missed by all of us.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family and the school is committed to honouring Lucy’s memory by living our lives to the full.”