It is with great sadness that we have to report that Challoner's lost one of its own on Friday evening. Hussein Shamshudin, a student in Year 13, was killed in a car accident near Beaconsfield. The accident involved two other students from the school, one remains in intensive care whilst the third is making a recovery from his injuries.

The whole Challoner’s community is deeply shocked by this tragic turn of events. Hussein was a hugely likeable and engaging young man with a great future in front of him. He had done very well in his GCSEs, achieving straight A’s and A*’s, and was planning on reading Chemical Engineering at university. We will remember him most fondly for his exceptionally warm and sparky personality which livened up every lesson, along with the huge energy which he put into the people and issues he most cared about. He always thought about others before he thought about himself and his friends loved his impish humour, his unfailing loyalty and his infectious enthusiasm.

Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare and we are all desperately sad for Hussein’s parents who must be going through unimaginable pain. It has been a very tough time for everyone at the school, particularly Hussein’s close friends, but the way our community has come together in support has been amazing. The dignity, maturity and compassion which the students have shown over the last few days has been truly inspiring. We are very proud of them all and our thoughts are with all those involved in this desperately sad event.