PUPILS and staff at a Rossendale primary school are mourning the loss of their headteacher, Catherine Feber, who has died after a short illness.

Broadway Primary School in Haslingden was closed on Monday, February 22 to all children, as a mark of respect following the death of Mrs Feber on February 19.

Deputy headteacher Chris Bolton lead tributes from fellow teachers and staff to their departed colleague, whose death had been a shock for the entire school and wider community.

He said: "We are all shocked and deeply upset by this tragic news.

"Catherine was a fantastic head teacher and a wonderful person.

"She always did her best to support pupils at Broadway.

"She continued to work tirelessly for the school even when she had become unwell as her passion for the children was her driving force and brought her great joy."

Children and their families have since been paying tribute with floral displays and messages for Mrs Feber's family.

Mrs Feber first took over at Broadway from predecessor Paul Stanley in 2018.

During that time she won the love and affection of students and staff alike thanks to her dedication and passion for the role.

In particular she won praise for her work guiding the school through the unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Bolton, who has now been asked by the board of governors to take on the role of acting headteacher, said: "She will be missed by pupils, parents, teachers and the entire school community.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to Catherine's family, her friends and everyone who knew her at this very sad and difficult time."

Broadway Primary School will be closed on Wednesday, March 3 to all children including those of key workers and vulnerable children for Mrs Feber’s funeral to take place.