Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Girl, 17, dies at St Swithun's School in Winchester

A teenage girl has collapsed and died at an independent school in Hampshire.

Emergency services were called to St Swithun's School for girls in Winchester on Thursday afternoon after a 17-year-old girl was taken ill.

She was taken by ambulance to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital but died shortly after 14:30 BST.

Police also attended the school but said the death was not being treated as suspicious and her next of kin had been informed.

Simon Mayes, spokesman for the school, said it had been "a shock" and pupils and staff were still coming to terms with the news of the death.

The girl was a pupil at the senior school at St Swithun's, which is a boarding and day school for girls, aged 11 to 18.

It has about 440 pupils, of whom about 200 are boarders.

St Swithun's, whose headmistress is Jane Gandee, was founded in 1884 with the aim of providing a "sound and thorough" education for girls, its website says.

It also runs a co-educational prep school.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites