Hereford & Worcester

Sytchampton school closed after head Helen Mann death

Helen Mann
Image caption Mother of two Helen Mann was found dead at Sytchampton Endowed First School on Monday

A Worcestershire junior school remains closed after its head teacher was found dead during a teacher training day.

Helen Mann, 43, was found at Sytchampton Endowed First School, near Stourport-on-Severn at 16:20 GMT on Monday.

Mrs Mann, who took up the post about six months ago, took her own life, the BBC understands.

The Worcestershire Coroner's office said a date for her inquest has yet to be set.

'Tragic circumstances'

The school is expected to open on Thursday and Councillor Jane Potter, responsible for education in the county, said specialists would be in place to provide support to staff, pupils and parents.

About 90 children attend the school, between the ages of five and nine.

Ms Potter said a local head teacher and other staff would be on hand in the coming weeks to help the school return to "as normal as possible in very tragic circumstances".

Ms Mann had previously been the deputy head at Millfields First School in Bromsgrove and Ms Potter said the circumstances of her death were not yet clear.

The National Association of Head Teachers, said its thoughts were with Ms Mann's family, colleagues and pupils.

General secretary Russell Hobby said: "School leaders perform a demanding and vital role in the communities they serve. As a result, when a tragedy like this takes place, we know that the loss will be felt keenly."

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