Droylsden Academy pay tribute to Year 7 pupil killed in hit and run
Monday 14th January 2019 @ 10:09 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News Tameside

Droylsden Academy have today paid tribute to a Year 7 pupil killed in a hit and run incident on Saturday evening.

11-year-old Taylor Schofield was struck by a grey Volkswagen Golf on Albert Street in Beswick, at around 6.10pm. Despite being treated by paramedics at the scene, he sadly died in hospital as a result of his injuries. 

32-year-old Michael Robinson has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He’ll appear at Manchester Magistrates Court today.

Dozens of tributes to Taylor and messages to his family have been left at the scene of the tragedy in Beswick.

In a statement, headteacher Philip Wilson, said that despite Taylor’s short time there, he made a great impression on all those he met.

“On Saturday 12th January one of our Year 7 students, Taylor Schofield, was killed in a tragic accident,” he said. “Our hearts and thoughts are with Taylor’s family and friends at this very sad and difficult time.

“Although his time at Droylsden Academy was short, Taylor made a great impression on all those he came into contact with. He was a bright, likeable and popular student.

“Lots of students and staff will be deeply affected by Taylor’s death and they will find it hard to come to terms with this tragic news. As well as offering what support we can to Taylor’s family, the emotional well-being of our students is our over-riding priority.

Taylor’s family have paid tribute to a “very bright, intelligent, loving and caring kid.”

“It is at times like these that our community must come together so that we can support each other. For those students affected by this terrible news we have an experienced pastoral team who will be able to offer support and guidance. The coming days will be very hard and we need to be there for each other. Please do not hesitate to contact the Academy if you think that there is anything that we can do to support your child through this very difficult time.

“Our thoughts and our deepest sympathy go out to Taylor’s family and friends.”

Taylor’s family have also paid tribute to a “very bright, intelligent, loving and caring kid.”

Meanwhile, at the scene of the tragedy on Albert Street, dozens of tributes and messages, to Taylor and his family, have been placed.

“Taylor was a cheeky handsome lad who loved his mates, football and Man United,” his family said in a tribute.

“Goodnight, God bless, Taylor,” one read. “Fly high mate.”

Another read: “Thinking of you all at this sad time, my thoughts are with you, I have no words, I am heartbroken.”

Shirts and scarves of Taylor’s beloved Manchester United were left alongside flowers, teddy bears, cards and moving messages from Taylor’s friends.

“Taylor, you were a good friend to me,” said one. “I will never forget the special moments we had together. I remember the time me and you always used to play football in the front. We all used to laugh. We will never forget you Taylor.”