Tributes to student in rail tragedy

THE HEADMASTER of Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham has paid tribute to a ‘bright, hard-working student’ who was tragically killed at a railway foot crossing.

Matthew Leonard, an 18-year-old upper sixth pupil at the school, was struck by a train near Barns Green on Monday.

Headmaster John Franklin said Matthew would be missed ‘greatly’ by all those who knew him.

He added: “The school community is shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts are with the parents, the rest of our pupils and staff at the school at this very difficult time.

“Matthew joined us as a sixth former, a quiet, but pleasant young man who was well liked by both his own year group and those younger pupils with whom he came in contact.

“He was a bright, hard-working student, holding offers for some top universities, and was also a talented long-distance runner.

“His tragic death has touched all at Christ’s Hospital and we will miss him greatly”.