THE "tragic and untimely" death of an Inverkeithing High School pupil has been confirmed.

Headteacher Ian Adair announced the news with "profound sadness and regret" in a letter to parents and pupils on Monday.

He stated: "Whilst I am not in a position just now to share any details surrounding these tragic events, I want to reassure you that supports will be put in place in school, from tomorrow, for anyone affected by what has happened.

"If your young person needs space to talk with a member of our Support staff – including colleagues from the Educational Psychology Service – please ask them to make their way to the Pupil Support Base at any time.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our young person, and I am sure yours will be too over the coming days in particular."

Fife Council’s education manager Karen Lees said: “We are aware of the tragic and untimely death of a young person from Inverkeithing High School.

“We are supporting the school community and in particular any pupils who knew this young person, providing space, time and help to those who might be impacted by this terrible event.”

Posting on Facebook, local councillor David Barratt described the death as "very sad and distressing."

He added: "My thoughts are with the friends and family of those concerned. I know the family have expressed a desire for their privacy to be respected and I think it's important speculation around the death is avoided.

"The school has confirmed support is being made available through colleagues from educational psychology and support staff."