Head’s tribute to Bailey Badhams

Headteacher Stephen Taylor
Headteacher Stephen Taylor

A school is mourning the sudden death of 13-year-old Bailey Joe Badhams.

His body was found in woods off Backhold Lane, Siddal, Halifax, last Saturday morning.

He was a pupil of Park Lane Learning Trust, Exley, and was described as having a smile “as long as the Forth Bridge.”

Head teacher Stephen Taylor said Bailey’s death had left many people devastated.

“It’s the worst nightmare for any head teacher and it’s been a very difficult week in school,” he said.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the community. He was a Y9 boy who we knew well and when a student passes away it devastates the community.”

The school has had special assemblies where students have been given time to reflect on Bailey.

It has also been given support from local authority staff, an educational psychologist, and held counselling sessions.

“This has also affected staff and we have a duty of care to look after them as well,” said Mr Taylor.

He described Bailey, who had two elder sisters, as a bubbly boy.

“He had a wide smile - as long as the Forth Bridge - and people will remember him by that massive contagious smile.”

An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned yesterday to a date to be finalised.

Last September the school mourned the loss of maths teacher Kevin Leedham, aged 36, who suffered a brain tumour.