Hereford & Worcester

Sytchampton school reopens after head Helen Mann death

Helen Mann
Image caption Helen Mann was found dead at Sytchampton Endowed First School on Monday afternoon

A Worcestershire junior school has reopened after its head teacher was found dead on a teacher training day.

Helen Mann, 43, was found at Sytchampton Endowed First School, near Stourport-on-Severn, on Monday afternoon.

The former deputy head at Millfields First School, Bromsgrove, took her own life, the BBC understands.

Ms Mann, a mother-of-two, took up the head teacher's post at Sytchampton Endowed school about six months ago.

'Deeply shocked'

Parents also went into the school when it reopened on Thursday morning and police community support officers were also at the site.

On Wednesday evening parents were invited to the school, which is attended by about 90 children aged from five to nine, to give them a chance to speak to staff and ask any questions.

An inquest into her death is due to open on Friday.

The county council said it had "been working closely to support staff and the school community".

Educational psychologists were in school on Wednesday working to ensure support was in place for pupils and staff over the coming days, it added.

The authority said it also welcomed support from a head teacher from a local school who was able to "offer help to the school leadership team in the short term".

Head teacher at Millfields First School Paul Gibbs said everyone connected with the school was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the news that Ms Mann had died.

He said she was deputy head for nearly four years at Millfields and was "an extremely hardworking, dedicated teacher who always had the children's best interests at heart".

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