Friends’ tribute to talented Emily

PUBLISHED: 17:09 09 November 2006 | UPDATED: 12:06 04 May 2010

Emily Stoodley

Emily Stoodley

SCHOOLfriends of a talented 16-year-old student found dead at her home will pay tribute to her at a presentation evening tonight (Thursday). Emily Stoodley was discovered hanged at her Hall Street home last week, and affectionate tributes have spoken of t

SCHOOLfriends of a talented 16-year-old student found dead at her home will pay tribute to her at a presentation evening tonight (Thursday).

Emily Stoodley was discovered hanged at her Hall Street home last week, and affectionate tributes have spoken of the loss of a promising and thoughtful young woman.

She was due to collect her GCSE certificates at former school Soham Village College this evening, but students will, instead, remember her at the presentation.

It is believed Emily's sister will collect the certificates on her behalf.

Emily began studying for AS-levels in English literature, English language, history and philosophy at Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, in September.

Her family have asked for privacy since Emily's death, but one of her former teachers, Mike Rouse, said: "Emily was an intelligent and talented teenager.

"I always saw her as a fun and caring free spirit and my thoughts are with her parents, her sister Amy, and her many friends, including my son, Ben, as we all try to come to terms with our sudden loss."

College principal Dr Carin Taylor said the school was shocked to hear about Emily's death.

"Emily got a strong set of exam results - she was a lively student but she was also very sensitive.

"Her English teachers speak very highly of her strength of perception and she engaged very meaningfully with literature.

"We will be remembering her and celebrating the success of the year group at the presentation evening."

Dr Rob Wilkinson, Emily's principal at Hills Road, said she was "an intelligent, thoughtful student with considerable academic promise."

Emily's funeral will be at St Andrew's Church, Soham, tomorrow (Friday).


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