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School head Helen Richardson pays tribute to two pupils who died in Collingham house fire

A headteacher has paid tribute to the brother and sister who died as a result of a house fire in Collingham on Saturday.

Izzy Collison, 8, and her brother Harvey, 5, died along with their mum Justine.

Their dad Gavin is still in a serious condition in hospital.

The head of John Blow Primary School, Collingham, Mrs Helen Richardson, said today that it had been a privilege to share in Izzy and Harvey's lives and they will remain with warm fondness in their hearts forever.

She said Izzy was a gentle and caring girl who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

"She adored her younger brother Harvey, frequently asking at playtime if she and a friend could go and check if he was settling into school," she said.

"Izzy was quiet and unassuming but this did not stop her from putting her all into everything she did. She enjoyed music, dance and drama which enabled her to express her sense of fun and the creative side of her personality."

Mrs Richardson aid Harvey had only recently joined the school, starting in the reception class.

"He was very creative, always making models in the craft corner," she said.

"He was always kind and caring. Only last week he made a handbag out of cardboard boxes for his mum because she was always mislaying her phone.

"Harvey was a lovely, friendly child and will be very much missed by us all."

Mrs Richardson said they were working with Nottinghamshire County Council to provide specialist support to any children who need it to help them cope with their grief.

Following their advice, they have taken the difficult decision to continue with this week's Christmas activities.

"The best thing for our children is to keep routines and as close to normality as possible," she said.

"We have really appreciated the support from parents and the local community and I know that we will put together and support each other through the grieving process over the coming months."

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