Sad news from Aylesbury Grammar School

It is with great sadness that we have to share with you the news that Charlie Dunne, one of our Year 13 students in Denson House, has died after suffering a terrible accident on a beach in North Devon, whilst on holiday.

Charlie had recently completed his A levels. He attended the Leavers’ Ball on Sunday 8 July and then travelled to North Devon for a holiday with family and some friends. Whilst on the beach Charlie suffered a terrible accident that left him with a catastrophic injury to his vertebrae causing spinal injury and cardiac arrest.

His family took the impossible decision to turn off the life support that had been assisting Charlie since the accident. Charlie died on Wednesday evening. Charlie was registered as an organ donor and there is some comfort in him living on in others and potentially transforming their lives.

Charlie was lively, inquisitive, friendly and helpful young man. He was always smiling, always happy and was well known across the whole School. His impact on Denson House, on the rugby squad and his friends cannot be underestimated and our thoughts and support are with the family and the whole Aylesburian community.

We are in contact with Charlie’s family and helping them in any way we can at this most difficult of times. The teaching staff and his closest friends have all been informed as well as special assemblies held across the School. The outgoing Year 13 have been invited back into School to share in their loss with us over the coming days and a ‘Memories of Charlie’ book has been opened for those who wish to share and contribute, located in the Boardroom.

As can be imagined this tragic news has hit the School community very hard. It is important for individuals to express their feelings and also get the support they need. As a result counselling capacity for staff and students will be provided in the coming days. We will be writing to all parents this week and would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.

Once an Aylesburian, always an Aylesburian.

Mark Sturgeon

Headmaster