TRIBUTES have been paid to an ‘inspirational’ headteacher who has died following a short illness.
Anna Brown was in charge of Waterloo School for children with behavioural and emotional issues for 12 years.
Parents of pupils at the school in Warfield Avenue, Waterlooville, which takes children aged six to 10 from across the area, received a letter breaking the news of Mrs Brown’s death.
She had been in hospital since May but the nature of her illness has not been revealed.
Michelle Andrews said Mrs Brown changed her nine-year-old son Bradley’s life.
Ms Andrews, of Waterlooville, said: ’We’re shocked. Mrs Brown was amazing, absolutely inspirational.
‘She made learning so much fun. When Bradley first went to the school he found everything really difficult and could not even write his name – hence the reason he went to the school.
‘Very quickly he could write his name and do things that other children could do, because of Mrs Brown.
‘He has been upset but we’ve been talking through all his favourite and funny memories of her.
‘She is irreplaceable.’
Deputy headteacher Angela Hollins will continue as acting headteacher into the new autumn term.
Mrs Brown, who was in her early 60s, was a grandmother and lived in Southampton.
Bob Bedford, the chairman of the governors at Waterloo School, said: ‘We’re all deeply shocked and saddened by the news, which follows a short illness.
‘She will be sadly missed by everybody who knew her.
‘The school is working with pupils, parents and carers to deal with the emotional aspect of all this.
‘She was a very caring and loving person to her pupils.
‘Her pupils were her extended family.
‘Anna was a strong leader who always led from the front. She was a specialist in her field for working with children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.’
Funeral details are still being arranged.