A Chippenham sixth former has died, headteachers at Abbeyfield School have announced.

Pupils at the school were told earlier today of the Year 12 boy's unexpected death but no further details have yet been given.

Co-headteachers of the school Ralph Plummer and Nick Norgrove said in a statement: "We are not in a position to give details yet. It is clearly too early.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

"We are deeply saddened by the news and ask the school community's privacy is respected at this time.

"We are all affected by the death, but we are trying, for the young people’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the pupils opportunities to talk if they want. Trained staff from the Critical Incident Team at the local authority are helping to support us through this difficult time."

A letter was sent out to all parents explaining what happened.