Tragic Death of Pupil Mourned by St. Joseph’s School Community in Port Talbot

Tragic Death of Pupil Mourned by St. Joseph’s School Community in Port Talbot

…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media. St. Joseph’s Catholic School & Sixth Form Centre in Port Talbot shared their sorrow over the tragic and unexpected death of one of their year 11 pupils.


The school made the announcement through a Facebook post, expressing their sadness and offering support to the grieving community.

Police Confirmation and Incident Details

The school’s announcement followed a statement from South Wales Police, confirming the death of a 15-year-old boy at Aberavon beach on Monday, June 19.

The incident prompted a significant emergency response, and authorities urged the public to avoid the beach area during the ongoing investigation.

Chief Inspector Richard Haines provided details, stating that officers responded to a report of a boy in the sea at Aberavon Beach.

Despite the efforts of emergency services and members of the public, the boy could not be saved.

Police requested anyone with information about the incident to come forward.


School’s Response and Support Services

In an online letter addressed to parents, Headteacher Eugene Scourfield expressed deep sadness over the loss and assured them that support measures were in place.

The school collaborated with the NPT Counselling Service and local clergy to provide necessary assistance.

The school’s chapel was made available to pupils, parents, and friends of the community, offering a space for solace and reflection.

Scourfield requested prayers for the grieving family during this difficult time.

Condolences and Supportive Messages

The identity of the pupil has not been disclosed by the school or police.

However, the school’s Facebook post received numerous responses from individuals offering their condolences and support.

Councillor Sean Pursey expressed empathy for the pupils, acknowledging the challenging nature of losing a friend under such circumstances.

Other commenters sent love, prayers, and words of support to the family, friends, and the entire St. Joseph’s community.



St. Joseph’s Catholic School & Sixth Form Centre in Port Talbot expressed their sadness and grief following the tragic and unexpected death of a year 11 pupil.

The incident occurred at Aberavon beach, as confirmed by South Wales Police.

The school promptly provided support services, including counseling and access to their chapel.

The community, along with local officials, offered condolences and words of comfort to the grieving family and the school community during this heartbreaking time.


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