A COLLEGE has paid tribute to a "caring and compassionate" student who was killed in an accident at a New Forest railway station.

Callum Evans, who went to Peter Symonds College in Winchester, was with friends when he fell on to a live rail at Hinton Admiral station.

In a statement the college described 17-year-old Callum as a popular and hard-working student who had a bright future ahead of him.

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One of his teachers, Phil Newman, said: "He was a fantastic person to be around and an outstanding student especially in geography, which he was planning on studying at university.

"He had the personality and qualities that really matter and which made him such a force for good - he was blessed with bucket-loads of empathy and compassion.

"In class he would always take time to listen to and appreciate other people's opinions and he respected their feelings because he cared."

Mr Newman went on describe Callum as a "good student and an even greater young man".

He added: "Whilst he wanted to better understand about the world beyond Peter Symonds he also wanted to know how your day was going.

"He wanted to know how to make things better, he wanted to know how he could help – and those of us that were lucky enough to be in class with him will remember what a friendly, supportive and kind young man he was."

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The college principal, Sara Russell, also paid tribute.

She said: "We are all deeply saddened to hear of the tragic accident resulting in the loss of a valued member of our student community.

"Callum Evans was a hard working and popular student with so much promise and a bright future ahead of him.

“Callum was passionate about his subjects at college and displayed commitment and dedication to all aspects of his time here, from lessons to his enrichment activities.

“He will be deeply missed by his friends and teachers at the college.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time, and have ensured that support is available for our students and staff as they come to terms with the extremely sad news.”

As reported in the Daily Echo, Callum, of Pickwick Close, Totton, was killed just before midnight on September 15.

In a statement issued last week his parents said: "We are devastated, heartbroken and we will never come to terms with the tragic and sudden loss of our son."