Tributes to former student Ben Pocock from Wellsway School after MH17 tragedy

Published on: 19 Jul 2014

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Wellsway School's head teacher has paid tribute to former student Ben Pocock, who was among the 298 people killed in a plane crash in east Ukraine on Thursday.

Staff and students at the Keynsham secondary were deeply saddened to learn of Mr Pocock's death on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, said Andrea Arlidge.

She said the popular pupil had had a bright future that had "tragically been cut short" in the disaster.

Mr Pocock, who was in his second year at Loughborough University after leaving Wellsway Sixth Form in 2012, was travelling to Australia to spend six months at the University of Western Australia as part of his international business management degree.

Mrs Arlidge said Mr Pocock was well liked by staff and students alike and added: “Ben was a wonderful young man who made such a positive impact on our school and on us all. He was an excellent student and an all-round decent human being.

"He had a very bright future ahead of him that has tragically been cut short. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family.”

Mr Pocock was one of 10 Britons on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which was reportedly hit by a missile.

His devastated family earlier paid tribute to a "warm, caring, fun-loving son and brother", who would also be missed by many friends among the wider Keynsham community.

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