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Tributes to Alex Holliday after Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil dies on trip to Cuba

Tributes have been paid to a 15-year-old schoolboy who died suddenly in his sleep while on an organised trip to Cuba.

Alex Holliday, of Tankerton, was on a school tour with fellow pupils from Queen Elizabeth Grammar in Faversham when he died last Friday.

Head teacher David Anderson broke the news of the youngster’s tragic death.

Alex Holliday is believed to have died in his sleep

Alex Holliday is believed to have died in his sleep

In a statement he said the year 10 pupil is thought to have passed away in his sleep while in his hotel room in the country’s capital, Havana.

It’s believed he suffered a medical episode from which he didn’t recover. 

He said: “Alex was a quiet and determined young man with a wonderful sense of humour; he enjoyed all aspects of school life and was making good academic progress. 

“Alex was a wonderful person, unfailingly polite and courteous and keen to engage in the wider life of the school, particularly in sport and through his participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. 

“He would have been starting his final year of GCSE courses in September and his early passing is a great loss to the school.

Head teacher David Anderson.

Head teacher David Anderson.

“As you can imagine all members of the school community are deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy. Staff, students and Governors at Queen Elizabeth’s offer their condolences to Alex’s family at this most difficult of times, they are very much in our thoughts.”

The school is planning to open up for a couple of days during the school holidays to provide support for students and staff, and to provide access to a counsellor.

Alex hit the headlines last year when he organised a petition to get potholes repaired near where he lived. 

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