We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Danny Coker, a year 13 student following a long illness, bravely borne. Danny had been studying advanced level qualifications in Business Studies, Economics, and Physical Education and had last visited teachers and classmates in school on Tuesday 10 May.

A well- known, much respected and popular member of the school community, Danny was the first ever student to be elected to the post of Prime Minister when the Blandford School Parliament was introduced in 2008.

 Danny had always thrown himself with great enthusiasm into the life of the school and the wider community.

A keen and very talented sportsman, Danny loved to play football for the school and also for Blandford Under 18's, winning the first division league cup when he was only sixteen. He was also a member of the Okeford Fitzpaine football club where he gained additional experience, leading to a place in the Dorset football squad. 

Danny's outgoing and likeable nature, together with his remarkable energy and sense of fun were recognised by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

Students and staff gathered together to remember him on the morning of wednesday 25th May. As a mark of respect silence was held across the school for one minute followed by a one minute clap.

In the coming months, friends and family will join together in his memory, to support and promote the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and specifically the work of the Southampton General Hospital where Danny received his care.

Comments from the Blandford School, Dorset, June 2011