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Ella Popely

Last week we were informed of the tragic death of Ella Popely, a much respected and cherished former member of our School. Ella was killed in a car accident on the morning of Tuesday, December 6th , whilst driving to College.

Ella’s death is such a tragic and devastating loss to all those who knew her, loved her, and ever rubbed shoulders with her. One of my Nursery staff summed Ella up by saying that when Ella started in the Nursery, for two years she carried around a bubbly little ray of sunshine! All the staff and students at Burgess Hill Girls are so terribly saddened by the news that she died so tragically in a road accident on her way to College.  She had only just turned 18; such a dreadful loss.

Ella joined Burgess Hill Girls in the Nursery in 2001 and left after her GCSE’s in 2015, to study for her A Levels at another College.  Ella, will be remembered by everyone at school for her wonderful dedication and contribution to school life, to sport and for her significant and outstanding Show Jumping ability.  She was always an energetic and lively young lady who enjoyed life to the full.  She was well known to the whole community for not only her successes but also, most importantly, she was appreciated and much-loved for her down to earth, honest and open approach to life. She was very well grounded, was caring of others, had a very positive outlook on life and was renowned for making everyone laugh!

This is an exceedingly difficult time for her family and we respect this. Our heartfelt thoughts go out to her family and close friends at this incredibly challenging and demanding time.   She is, and will continue to be, very sadly missed by the whole school community.