Unity College headteacher Sally Cryer has paid a moving tribute to tragic pupil Declan Edwards.
Sixteen-year-old Declan’s body was found by police in woodland at Rowley Park, Rowley Lane, yesterday at 4pm.
Mrs Cryer said Declan was an outstanding young man who brought a smile to everyone he met.
“The news is a dreadful shock and all of our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time,” she said. “This is a terrible tragedy but we are a tight knit community and we will work together to get through this difficult period.
“This morning the year 11 students, staff and governors gathered together, with Declan’s family, to pay tribute to Declan and his life.
“Declan was a charismatic, larger than life character, he excelled in sport, was an excellent prefect at Unity College and had great leadership skills.
“Declan was extremely popular with all students and staff and he was due to achieve excellent GCSE results this summer. He was a perfectionist, his uniform always smart and neat, with his hair gelled back perfectly, not a hair out of place. He brought a smile to everyone he met with his charm and sense of humour.
“He will be sadly missed by all that knew him and will never be forgotten. He was an outstanding young man.”