The principal of the Middlesex academy which has seen one of its students killed during a school holiday to an Italian ski resort, after apparently falling off a chair lift, has defended the role of staff on the trip.
Rajinder Singh Sandhu, from Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes, broke the news of the teenager's death to her family before paying tribute to the victim in the following statement:
The leader of this trip and everyone associated with it is devastated by the death of an absolutely lovely student.
The vice principal leading the trip has vast experience - having led 28 of such trips throughout his teaching career. He is obsessive about safety and security on these trips.
It would be inappropriate for the school to comment further - given that there must be no prejudice to the very thorough investigation that will take place by Italian authorities.
Mr Sandhu added that the school is "doing everything possible to support the family in any way possible".