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School pays tribute to pupils killed in 'tragic' Nottinghamshire fire

John Blow Primary School in Collingham has paid tribute to two pupils who died in a tragic fire in Nottinghamshire.

The fire appears to have broken out early Saturday morning in Woodhill Road Credit: ITV News

Emergency services were called at around 7am on Saturday to reports of a blaze at the home, which is to the north of Newark in Nottinghamshire.

A house fire claimed the lives of a five-year-old boy, his eight-year-old sister and 33-year-old mother.

Justine Collison has been named by police as the mother, with her two children being named as Isabella, who died in the blaze and Harvey, who died in hospital.

It is understood the 34-year-old man who remains in a serious condition in hospital is Mrs Collison's husband Gavin.

The school published a letter which was sent to parents at the school.

Dear parents,

As many of you must now be aware, we lost two of our pupils through tragic circumstances at the weekend. Izzy and Harvey Collison sadly lost their lives, alongside their mum, Justine, in a house fire on Saturday morning. Their dad, Gavin, is still in a serious condition in hospital and our thoughts go out to him and the rest of the family at this difficult time.

Izzy was a gentle and caring girl who will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She adored her younger brother Harvey, frequently asking at playtime if she and a friend could go and check if he was settling into school. Held in high regard by the rest of her class, Izzy was quiet and unassuming, but this did not stop her from putting her all into everything she did. She enjoyed music, dance and drama which enabled her to express her sense of fun and the creative side of her personality.

Harvey had only recently joined our school, starting in our reception class. He was very creative, always making models in the craft corner. He was always kind and caring: only last week he made a handbag out of cardboard boxes for his mum, because she was always mislaying her phone. Harvey was a lovely, friendly child, and he will be very much missed by us all.

It has been a privilege to know and share in Izzy and Harvey’s lives, so unexpectedly cut short and they will remain with warm fondness in our hearts forever.

We are working with the County Council to provide specialist support to any children who need it to help them cope with their grief. They have been in school today and have talked with each class: some guidance provided by them is attached to this letter. Following their advice, we have also taken the difficult decision to continue with this week’s Christmas activities as the best thing for our children is to keep routines and as close to normality as possible.

We have a book of condolence at the school office if parents and friends would like to come in and write a message over the next few days.

We have really appreciated the support from parents and the local community and I know that we will pull together and support each other through the grieving process over the coming months.

– Helen Richardson Head teacher, John Blow Primary School