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Our deepest condolences

We were very saddened to hear about the tragic death on Sunday of a Year 8 student at Highdown School, Oliver (Olly) Stephens.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. We also wish to express our solidarity with the staff and students and Highdown School, led by Ms Rachel Cave.

We, as part of the Reading community, should be doing all we can to help Thames Valley Police with their investigation and to support Olly's friends and family at this very difficult time.

One of the best ways to do this - whether you are a parent or a student - is by not commenting on or sharing speculative 'information' on social media. 

Thames Valley Police has asked that, if you do have any images, footage or information, not to share it on social media but to report it to them instead. You can call 101 or go online (, quoting reference 43210002635.

Or, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online. 

If you've been affected in any way and would like some additional support, KoothVictim Support and Young Minds all offer free and confidential support.

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