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Tributes to death crash teacher

A head teacher has paid tribute to a colleague who was killed in a coach crash in northern France, in which two pupils were also seriously injured.

In a letter to parents, Karen Jordan, head teacher of Alvechurch Middle School in Worcestershire, called Peter Rippington "a good friend" of hers and of other members of staff.

The 59-year-old died after the bus, carrying a group of schoolchildren on their way home from a skiing trip, flipped onto its side on a motorway embankment in the Champagne-Ardenne region.

Two pupils, Taylor Little, 13, and Freya Smith-Carrington, 11, suffered serious injuries in the crash and remain in hospital following the incident last Sunday.

In a letter to parents of children at the school, Ms Jordan said her thoughts were with the families of the adults and pupils involved in the crash. She wished them a speedy recovery and said special thoughts were with the Mr Rippington's family.

She said: "I am sure that your thoughts along with mine are with the families of those adults and pupils who were involved in the coach crash.

"To those still in France I hope that they will soon be able to return and wish everyone a speedy recovery . Special thoughts go to the Rippington family who have lost Mr Rip, as well as a colleague, he was a good friend of mine and many of my staff."

Since the accident the school had focused on ensuring all pupils and staff were "safe, well, and looked after" and it was now aiming to get back to a normal routine and lessons, she added.

"As you can imagine some of the staff also affected need some support. This has all been put into place and familiar supply teachers are helping out.

"Although it is no surprise, I would like to say how proud I am of all the school community as without exception they have all done their bit to make this week pass as well as possible without fuss or extra drama," she said.

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