Male pupil, 18, found dead at Malvern College

An 18-year-old boy has died at a top boarding school in Worcestershire.

Emergency services were called to Malvern College at around 10.20am on January 10 following a report of a concern for safety.  

Upon arrival, the teenage boy was found dead at the scene, West Mercia Police said.  

Today, the £39,000-a-year independent school, which counts CS Lewis, Sir Chris Witty and Jeremy Paxman among its alumni, confirmed the death of one of its pupils and said it was the ‘most heartbreaking news imaginable’. 

A spokesperson for Malvern College said: ‘We can sadly confirm the death of one of our pupils at Malvern College over the weekend. 

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Police were called to Malvern College at around 10.20am on January 10 following a report of a concern for safety

‘First and foremost, our thoughts and deepest condolences go to the pupil’s family.

‘This is the most heartbreaking news imaginable and we have put in place additional, professional support for our whole community at this incredibly difficult time.

‘Relevant authorities are involved in the matter and we are unable to comment further at this time.’   

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: ‘Officers were called to Woodshears Road in Malvern at around 10.20am on Monday 10 January following a report of a concern for safety.

‘Upon arrival, sadly an 18-year-old man was found dead.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious.’

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Jeremy Paxman

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Sir Chris Whitty

Malvern College initially opened with just two dozen boys and half a dozen teachers when it was founded in 1865.

At the onset of the Second World War, the college was temporarily moved to Blenheim Palace in Oxfrodshire.

When staff returned to the original site in Worcester they were again evacuated to make way for the government’s Telecommunications and Research Establishment and housed with Harrow School, in London. 

In 1992, the college became a co-educational school when Malvern College, Ellerslie Girls’ School and Hillstone Preparatory School were brought together. 

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