Tributes paid to teenager who died after being injured at school

Portchester School & from in front of gates
Kyle Rees was a 'popular student' at Portchester School in Bournemouth Photo: Meridian Tonight

Dorset Police have confirmed that a student who was seriously injured in the head at Portchester School in Bournemouth has died. Officers have named him as Kyle Rees aged 16. His next-of-kin have been informed.

A police investigation is underway. Officers were called to the school at around 7.30pm on the evening of Monday 27th February, after an incident believed to have happened shortly after 2pm.

Kyle had been taken by ambulance to Bournemouth Hospital and was later transferred to Southampton General Hospital where he died on Tuesday.

Another 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of manslaughter has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Kim Drake, the Service Director for Children’s Social Care, Bournemouth Borough Council said teachers, pupils and parents at Portchester School have been offered counselling.

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, Executive Head of Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust which runs Portchester School said, "Students and staff are devastated by this terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers are very much with the boy's family and friends.

"It is difficult to know what to do for the best in these distressing circumstances but our focus must be providing as much support as possible to our close-knit school community as we all try to come to terms with what has happened.

"The next few weeks and months are going to be emotionally testing for our students and staff, but we will be doing all we can for them.

"We are also be fully assisting the authorities with their investigations.

"The emergency services cannot be praised highly enough for their prompt actions at the time, and we also pay tribute to the outstanding medical help he received at hospital.

"At an appropriate time we will be celebrating his memory and life at school. He was a memorable and talented young man. He was very popular with his peers and was due to do well in his GCSEs this summer."

Facebook tributes have been paid to Kyle and flowers have been laid outside the school.

Floral tributes through gates
Floral tributes for Kyle Rees after his death at the age of 16 Credit: Meridian Tonight