01:26AM, Wednesday 21 November 2012
Desborough College has paid tribute to former pupil Adam Blissett after his death at Bath Spa University.
Paul Frazer, headteacher at the school in Shoppenhangers Road, gave the following statement about the 18-year-old, who was found dead on Wednesday:
"We are extremely saddened and shocked by the sudden death last week of one of our former pupils, Adam Blissett.
"Adam left Year 13 at the end of last year after a very successful sixth form, to follow his dream and study Business at Bath Spa University. He had just attended the Speech Night on Friday where he collected the Geography and Business prizes and talked animatedly to former teachers and tutors about how much he was enjoying his course and the university life at Bath Spa.
"Adam was a credit to the school and a real gentleman. Always courteous and kind, he made an excellent 6th form mentor and language leader and was a real role model for the younger boys, also playing and coaching football in his own time.
"Adam's qualities of unflappability were renowned and he was always calm in a crisis, but also with a keen determination to do well. He was always well-liked by his peers and we all enjoyed his wry sense of humour and keen sense of justice. It would have been typical for Adam not to complain or make a fuss, and quietly and determinedly get on with the job in hand.
"We shall remember Adam as a quietly confident and self-assured young man, who participated fully in the life of the school, and the teachers and tutors at Desborough are extremely sad at the sudden loss of such an exemplary young man. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."
Yesterday Adam's father Mark spoke about his son, saying the family had 'a fantastic 18 years with him'.
The cause of his death remains unknown.See tomorrow's Advertiser for a full tribute.
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