Pupil describes support following death of teacher

Dominic Cherrett unpacking his suitcase Credit: ITV News Central

A 15-year-old boy from Nottinghamshire has described how pupils on a school ski-ing trip to Austria supported each other after the death of one of their teachers. Dominic Cherrett has just arrived back home in Arnold after the week-long holiday to the Tyrolean Alps had to be cut short.

The 48 pupils and staff from Christ the King Catholic Academy were only a day into the week-long trip when Jonathan Taylor died in a freak accident. The 44-year-old IT teacher was walking back to his hotel after a night out with colleagues in the resort of Matrei. He slipped on a roadside wall and fell four metres down a steep bank, suffering serious head injuries.

"The students coped really well out there. Everyone kept each other together and just got home safely."

– year 10 student dominic cherrett

Dominic's stepmother, Nicola, revealed how she was worried something had happened to him when she looked at her phone on Sunday afternoon and saw that she had a missed call from the school. "We were desperately trying to find out why they rang, because your instinctive reaction is that something's happened to your child. It was about half an hour later that we managed to speak to a teacher who was out there and he said that Dominic was fine. The children still hadn't been notified but he said that there had been a tragic accident."

The school has pledged to do all it can to support pupils when they return from the Easter break on 15th April.