Tragic Brit student, 18, took his own life after failing exam results
But tragically at 8.45pm the same day police found his body at a landfill site.
The inquest heard that the college has now changed its policy regarding how it informs students of their results to try to minimise the chances of such a tragedy reocurring.
Instead of students being able to access them at 6am when no counsellors are around they will now be able to obtain them at 7am and there will be trained staff available.
Assistant Coroner Mary Burke concluded after a four hour hearing that Owen took his own life, Examiner Live reported.
Greenhead College Principal Simon Lett said after the inquest that Owen’s death had an enormous impact on the college community.
In a statement he said: “Owen’s tragic death on A Level Results Day last year has had a huge impact on the Greenhead College community and we are still coming to terms with his loss.
“Following discussions with Owen’s family, we have carried out a detailed review of all our procedures around Results Day.
“The review included consulting students, parents/carers, staff and governors to obtain their various views.
“As a result, we are introducing changes to enhance the support we offer leading up to and on A Level Results Day, and will be trialling the release of exam results at the slightly later time of 7am.
“Greenhead College places a great emphasis on pastoral care, putting student wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.
“We continually look at ways of improving the support we offer.
“We have three full-time counsellors and all staff undertake mental health support training. Our personal tutors offer bespoke support to students and have all completed a nationally recognised mental health qualification.”
Mr Lett previously said of Owen’s death: “We are very saddened by Owen’s death and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
“He was a strong team player and an enthusiastic learner who will be remembered for his wit and good humour.
“His teachers comment on his enthusiasm for studying, initiative shown in lessons, wider reading and strong numerical skills.
“Cheerful, reliable and fully engaged, Owen had made full access to all opportunities available to him.
“He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”
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