A BRAINY student jumped to her death on A-level results day because she missed out on her first choice university, an inquest heard.
Talented Harpreet Kaur Hallaith, 18, attended prestigious Wolverhampton Girls’ High School but had started to get “stressed” about her exams earlier this year.
The “high-achieving” teenager needed two A* grades and one A from her subjects in order to get a place studying Russian and History at Durham University.
But she was heartbroken after achieving one A and two Bs in Russian, Latin and History on A-level results day on August 18.
A inquest heard the tragic teen left her family home in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, to go for a walk.
Her worried family alerted police when she didn’t return hours later and officers discovered some of her possessions 11 miles away at the top of High Rock in Bridgnorth, Shrops.
Cops also found a suicide note at the beauty spot, where the teenager would often go to “think”.
Harpreet’s lifeless body was discovered at 10.10am the following morning.
Shropshire Coroners Court heard how Harpreet had been informed by email that her grades were good enough to get into her second choice of Edinburgh University.
Coroners officer Michael Homden read a statement from her mum who said the teen was “understandably disappointed” by her A-Level results.
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In the statement, social worker Tersem added: “Harpreet seemed a bit stressed and low about her coursework and upcoming A-Levels.
“When she got her results she achieved one A and two Bs. Durham required two A*s and an A.
“Harpreet was understandably disappointed. She received an email from Edinburgh saying she had been accepted for the course.
“Harpreet was upset at the results and we talked about it for a while and she was relieved to have been offered her second choice.
“I can’t think what Harpreet was thinking that day but I can’t think she really intended to take her own life.”
The inquest heard Harpreet wrote a letter confirming an “intention to take her life” which was found next to her jacket and phone at the top of High Rock.
She had almost overdosed on paracetamol in February this year.
Giving evidence, PC David Ziol, from West Mercia Police, said the schoolgirl had “put herself under a lot of pressure”at school.
He added: “At 10.10am, a dog handler located a female body which matched Harpreet’s description. Officers could not find a pulse on the body.
“The body was located at the bottom of the cliff face. There were graze marks visible on the limbs.
“At 1.12pm the body was pronounced dead by a doctor.
“Harpreet had put herself under a lot of pressure to get good A-Level results.
“She confirmed to her best friend via text message that she was disappointed by her results.”
Harpreet attended Birmingham’s Edgbaston High School for Girls, a “highly sought after private school”, from the age of five until the end of Year 6.
She then passed the entrance exam to get into Wolverhampton Girls’ High School where she studied from Year 7 until her A-Levels.
The teenager lived with her parents, her 15-year-old and 10-year-old siblings, her grandparents, her aunt and uncle and their three children.
Senior Coroner for Shropshire John Ellery recorded a conclusion of suicide and said the medical cause of death was “multiple injuries”.
He added: “I have seen the note which Harpreet wrote and left at the top of the rock.
“It does include an intention to take her own life.
“Harpreet went to the top of High Rock, wrote a note and tragically she killed herself when she impacted with the ground below her.
“In these circumstances I record a conclusion of suicide.”
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