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Tribute has been paid to a teenage pupil of Smithdon High School in Hunstanton who sadly died on Tuesday.

Year 9 pupil Stephanie Sanpher died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after contracting bacterial meningitis.

She has been described by Smithdon headteacher Jon Goodchild as a ‘kind and caring’ pupil.

Mr Goodchild said: “It was with great sadness that we told our staff and students on Wednesday that Stephanie Sanpher, one of our Year 9 students, had passed away at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Stephanie had bacterial meningitis.

“We are supporting staff and students through this very difficult time while at the same time giving them every opportunity to talk about their friend and share their memories of her if they wish to do so.

“Stephanie was a kind and caring girl. Staff and students remember her beautiful singing voice and really valued her friendship; she was often the one who would bring a smile to friends’ faces when they needed cheering up and try to make things better.

“We are all so very sad and our thoughts are with Stephanie’s family; we can only offer them our most sincere sympathy, love and support.”

Norfolk County Council’s Critical Incident Team was at the school this week helping to support staff and students.