In memory of Charlie Dunne

As the School Community comes to terms with the very sad loss of Charlie Dunne, our continued support and thoughts are with his family and friends.

The ‘Memories of Charlie’ book remains open for anyone to sign and we will present this to the family at the right time.

Over the past days there has been much press coverage of the tragic events that have engulfed the Dunne family and our School. On Tuesday 17 July, we held a special gathering for Charlie’s year group and any Old Aylesburians wishing to return and share in their loss. The event provided an opportunity for Year 13 to return to School from exam leave and speak to staff, to their peers and to remember Charlie.

With photographs, video and a number of incredibly emotional reflections from staff, the overriding feeling was one of celebrating a life that filled us all with happiness. Charlie was one of the special young people that had boundless positivity. He was the embodiment of being an Aylesburian, ready to take on any challenge, supporting others and always giving to his community.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the staff for their incredible strength at such a challenging time.

The Dunne family would like us to share the details of the funeral arrangements and specifically the opportunity to donate in Charlie’s memory to the two charities that were close to his heart, the RNLI and the Aylesbury Grammar School Malawi initiative.

If you would like to donate please follow the link here:

I would like to end by saying that Aylesbury Grammar School is a great School, not because of its exam results or sporting success, nor because of the achievements of our alumni or performing arts, but because the whole School community cares. Every member of staff cares, all of us are Aylesburians.

Once an Aylesburian, always an Aylesburian.

Goodbye Charlie, our friend, an Aylesburian.


Mark Sturgeon