Pictured: Girl, 16, found dead at Wycombe Abbey boarding school as parents pay heartbreaking tribute
The parents of a 16-year-old girl found dead near the grounds of an all-girls boarding school in Buckinghamshire have paid tribute to their “well loved” daughter.
Caitlyn Scott-Lee, 16, was discovered at Wycombe Abbey school shortly before midnight on Friday.
She was a Year 11 student at the school and was just weeks away from taking her GCSE exams.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said the death was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
Her parents said in a statement: “Caitlyn was a well loved member of the Wycombe Abbey community and had a particular passion for the theatre, arts, music, and the environment.
“Caitlyn was gifted with autism and had an ability to see the world uniquely and thrive at her boarding house. The school community, friends, and family are grieving her loss but we are comforted in her personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Caitlyn enjoyed nature, the environment, sustainability, and birds. She would have appreciated potted plants over cut flowers, and support for The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.”
In a statement given to the Buckinghamshire Free Press, the headmistress of Wycombe Abbey School, Jo Duncan, said the school was “deeply saddened” by the news.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”
Caitlyn’s family has asked mourners to donate to The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in tribute to her.
Ms Duncan told parents in an earlier email, seen by the Standard, that the teenager's year group were “very shocked and upset”.
She added: “I am limited on what I can say in terms of detail, but as I am sure you can appreciate this has come as a profound shock to everyone at the school, especially the girls.
“The first priority has been supporting our pupils. They have been told that staff are here for them. Our staff have been given guidance on how to comfort and reassure individuals.
“They can also speak with our School Counsellors, who are specifically trained in handling grief, and we have also arranged additional drop-in sessions with them and external professionals for pupils either individually or in groups.
“We have remained in close touch with family since the tragedy occurred and continue to offer them our full support. Our thoughts remain with them at this sad and extremely difficult time.”
The school, founded in 1896, has around 700 pupils with the majority boarding. It regularly ranks among the top girls' schools in the country.
Wycombe Abbey was contacted for further comment.
Tributes and donations can be made in her memory here.
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