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Messages of support after Sheffield schoolgirl's death

St Thomas of Canterbury School
Image caption The Year Two pupil died at Sheffield Children's Hospital after she was taken ill at the school

The head teacher of a Sheffield primary school where a pupil was taken ill and later died in hospital, has thanked the community for its support.

The seven-year-old Year Two schoolgirl became unwell at St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School on Thursday.

Head teacher Andrew Truby said: "We have been overwhelmed by the number of messages and offers of support."

He added that nearby schools, the local authority and the diocese were among those who had been in touch.

The girl, who has not been named, died in Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Mr Truby added: "I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughtful messages at this time."

He added that the girl's funeral had taken place on Saturday.

The school, on Chancet Wood Drive, in the south of Sheffield, has about 200 pupils.

It was closed on Friday as a mark of respect and will reopen on Monday.

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