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A little girl has tragically died in Huddersfield today.

Birkby Junior School has announced on its website year 3 pupil Aiman Abdullah was taken ill while at North Huddersfield Trust School on Woodhouse Hall Road.

She died a short time later in hospital.

The school is to close tomorrow 'as a mark of respect', headteacher Susan Davis said.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said they were called to the school before lunchtime.

West Yorkshire Police said they were called to a concern for safety at North Huddersfield Trust School where a seven-year-old girl had suffered a medical episode and was taken to hospital, where she died a short time later.

The incident was not being treated as suspicious, they added.

A professional will be at the school on Wednesday to support pupils.

Wrap up of some of the tributes

Dozens of tributes coming in

There are dozens of tributes coming in

Sadia Jabeen wrote: Absolutely heart breaking may Allah give her family sabar and grant her jannah ameen

Janet Robb said: Rip little darling sympathy for her family god bless you sweetie xx

And Andrea Kelly Hayward wrote: Heartbreaking r.i.p little angel fly high thoughts go out to your parents and family

What we know so far

This is what we know so far about the tragedy

Reporter at school

Reporter Robert Sutcliffe has been to the school Aiman attended to see if there are any tributes there

Further tributes coming in

Lots of people are reacting to this tragic news on our Facebook page.

Colette Northern O’Hara wrote: As a parent this is heartbreaking. I always hug my kids at bedtime, tonight I will hug them a little tighter. Thoughts are with her family and friends who must be devastated.

Ilyas Najib said: As someone who has a young daughter, I can’t begin to imagine what her parents are going through right now. My prayers, thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends. Rest in peace little angel

What we know so far

Here is everything we know so far about this tragedy.


Tributes are already coming in on social media.

Hazel Jade Core wrote: Rest in peace beautiful girl.... We are all thinking of you, your family and friends... Luscia will miss you greatly - taken too soon xxxxx

Sharon Moorhouse added: So very sad, sympathy for all her family and friends x
Rachel Newburn said: God bless her and her loved ones x

Video from outside Birkby Junior School

Yorkshire Ambulance Service statement

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed that they were called to the school.

She said:”We were called to the school before lunchtime after a medical incident.”

West Yorkshire Police statement

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a concern for safety at North Huddersfield Trust School on Woodhouse Hall Road.

“A seven-year-old girl suffered a medical episode and was taken to hospital via ambulance.

“She sadly died a short time later. Police are not treating this incident as suspicious.”

School to close tomorrow

Mrs Davis said the school would be closed tomorrow as a mark of respect.

She said: “The welfare of pupils is our highest priority and we know that many of the children are very upset. We will continue to provide support to anyone who needs it and all the children will be able to talk to a trained adult if they wish to do so.

“As a mark of respect to Aiman’s family, school will be closed to pupils tomorrow. I’m sure you will understand our reasons for making this decision. When the children return to school on Wednesday there will be professional support for the children throughout the day.

“Our thoughts are with Aiman’s family at this time of tragic loss and I am certain you will join me in offering deepest condolences. Aiman will be greatly missed by the whole community.”

Birkby Junior School
Birkby Junior School

School in mourning following pupil's death

A letter on the school website from headteacher Mrs S Davis states: “It is with tremendous sadness that I must inform you that one of our Year 3 pupils, Aiman Abdullah, has passed away.“Aiman was taken suddenly and seriously ill during an off-site visit this morning. She was treated at the scene and transferred to hospital where she died shortly afterwards. We are all, of course, shocked and incredibly saddened by this tragic news.”