Grantham girl killed in A1 crash today was a ‘true leader amongst our students’

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The headteacher of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School has paid tribute to a “greatly loved” pupil who tragically died today in a crash on the A1 at Long Bennington.

Emily Challen, a Sixth-Form pupil at the school, was one of four KGGS pupils in the car when the crash occurred at 8.45am this morning.

Headteacher Graham Burks said: “A tragic accident occurred this morning involving four of our students whilst travelling to school.

“We believe one of the girls sustained a broken wrist, two were largely unharmed but, tragically, one did not survive.

“Emily Challen of Year 13 has been taken from us.”

Mr Burks has hailed Emily as an “iconic figure” who the whole school looked up to.

He added: “The school community is devastated. Emily was one of our House Captains, an iconic figure the girls admired and aspired to be like.

“She was very bright, very kind, a true leader amongst our students, and a truly beautiful young person. We were all immensely proud of her. She was greatly loved throughout the school community.

“Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.”