“The perfect child” – Simmondley Primary School pays tribute to boy found dead with mother at reservoir
Tuesday 27th November 2018 @ 15:21 by Lauren Entwistle
Community Derbyshire Dinting Glossop

The headteacher of a five-year-old whose body was retrieved from Valehouse Reservoir has said he was “the perfect child to have in class.”

Jenson Spellman and his mother, Emma Sillett were formally identified yesterday as the two bodies found at the reservoir in Tintwistle by police, having been reported missing from Dinting, Glossop on Tuesday November 20.

Debbie Greaves, headteacher at Simmondley Primary School paid tribute to the little boy, adding that everyone was ‘devastated’ to hear the news.

Mrs Greaves said: “The whole school was devastated to hear the very sad news about our pupil Jenson and his mum Emma and our thoughts are with their family and friends.

“Jenson had been at the school for just over a year and was a bundle of energy.

“He constantly had a beaming infectious smile and was kind and caring. He loved running around outside and playing on the bikes with his friends.

“There was nothing he didn’t know about dinosaurs, as he was an expert. The perfect child to have in your class, and he will be very much missed.”

Friends of Jenson and his Mum have left tributes and flowers at the school-gates and the nearby park – including a number of dinosaurs for their much-loved classmate.

Derbyshire Police have said a file has been prepared for the coroner and an inquest would open on Wednesday at Chesterfield Coroner’s Court.

It is understood police don’t believe anyone else was involved in the deaths.