A SCHOOL has written a heartbreaking letter to parents after the tragic death of one of its pupils.

13-year-old Minnie Rose Eastman died at her Brighton home on Monday night.

There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the Varndean School pupil's death, police said.

In a letter home, headteacher William Deighan wrote: "I am sorry to have to share with you the sad news that one of our students, Minnie Rose Eastman, died unexpectedly on Monday night.

"The police have informed us that there are no suspicious circumstances and the matter has been passed to the coroner's officer for enquiries.

"I know that the thoughts and best wishes of the whole school community will be with Minnie’s family and friends at this exceptionally difficult time.

"This morning we will make time for students and staff to have an opportunity to try to process this upsetting news and begin to reflect on how we move forward as a community.

"School bases and the counsellors are on hand all day to respond to the needs of individuals.

"If there is more that we need to know about how your child has been affected, please contact school bases who will help.

"We have seen already this year how bereavement can affect young people.

"Our support will continue this week and beyond to ensure students get the help they will need.

"In addition I have listed some phone numbers at the end of this email which may be useful, and worth keeping close at hand, if you are worried about the well-being of your own child as a result of this news.

"The school community is extremely shaken - as I know you will be.

"The death of a child is a terrible shock and will affect us all.

"First and foremost the school’s focus will be upon the loss and needs of one of our families and our students and we would ask that we all refrain from speculation.

"Thank you for your support during this time."