First picture of 'happy and vibrant' girl, 11, who died suddenly after falling ill at school as teachers pay tribute

THE 11-year-old girl who died suddenly after falling ill at school has been pictured for the first time.

Julia Blackham was rushed to hospital on April 29 after becoming unwell at Marriotts School in Hertfordshire.

Ambulance services and police attended the school at around 1:45pm and Julia was immediately rushed to hospital.

However, despite the best efforts of the emergency staff, the 11-year-old tragically passed away.

Gifts, personal messages and floral tributes have been laid at the entrance to the Stevenage school in honour of Julia, Herts Live reports.

A spokesperson for the school told the outlet: "This tragic loss has left our whole school community devastated and in shock, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Julia’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

"The school was closed on Friday and staff have worked tirelessly across the weekend to ensure that appropriate support is in place to help both students and staff come to terms with their terrible loss.

"Julia was a happy and vibrant member of our school community and her family said that she loved coming to school and being part of the Marriotts family. School was her 'happy place'.

"Julia loved her family, friends, rainbows, unicorns, cats and the colour pink. Rainbows are a symbol of hope and solidarity, and as a school we are trying to reflect this."

A condolence room has been set up in the school where staff and students can go to remember Julia.

In the room, a large laminated rainbow has been placed on the wall for students to write their personal messages to Julia.

Bethany Honnor, the headteacher at the school, told Herts Live: “Julia’s family said how lucky we are to have such amazing students and staff and that I should be proud of them all, which I am.

"It was very, very brave of Julia’s family to come into school and our thoughts are with them all”.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by a relative to help Julia's family with the funeral costs.

So far £23,205 has been raised for the heartbroken family.

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