17-year-old pupil dies at prestigious Leicester boarding school

A 17-year-old schoolboy has died at one of Britain’s most prestigious boarding schools.

Charles Evenden was a Year 13 pupil at £25,500-a-year Ratcliffe College near Syston, Leicester.

The Year 13 student died on Thursday from a suspected cardiac arrrest – police were called however there were no suspicious circumstances.

A Paramedic was despatched on a Fast Response Vehicle, along with a double crewed ambulance and two doctors. The boy was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, but sadly could not be saved.

The college said it was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news and described the death as a ‘tragedy’.

A police spokesperson said: “The Evenden family are understandably struggling to come to terms with their loss and they have asked that their privacy is respected.”

A statement from the college said: “Ratcliffe College is deeply saddened to confirm the death of a Year 13 pupil on Thursday May 18.”

“There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the pupil’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

“In response, the school has implemented a plan which gives pupils the opportunity to talk about their thoughts and feelings with trained staff.”

Ratcliffe College was founded in 1847, and has nearly 1,000 students aged between 11 and 18.

The college received an ‘excellent’ rating in every category of its March 2015 Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report.