A COMMUNITY has been left 'shocked and saddened' after the death of a much-loved head teacher.

Carolyn Murray had been the head of Carlisle's Norman Street Primary School since 2017, and the school has paid tribute to her after she died suddenly of a short illness.

A spokesman for Norman Street Primary School said: "It is with immense shock and sadness that we must announce the death of our beloved head teacher, Mrs Carolyn Murray, who has died suddenly after a short illness.

"Mrs Murray was the head of our school, a pillar of our community, but most of all an unwavering advocate for any and all children she knew over her years at Norman Street and countless other schools.

"Her mantra ‘Outcomes for Children’ showed us who she was as a person and a leader and we will continue to honour this and her belief in every child’s unique potential."

The Reverend Keith Teasdale, chair of governors, said: “Mrs Murray was an amazing head teacher.

"She was a true ambassador for children and their education.

"She had not only the children’s best interests at heart, but the interests of the whole community.

"This was made apparent during the recent pandemic when the school, through her strong leadership, supported the local community.”

Her husband Graeme and daughters Eve, Ruth and Miriam wanted to express how much Mrs Murray loved her job and all of the children and staff at Norman Street Primary School.

To her, it was far more than a job - it was her passion, her life and her great responsibility. Whether it’s reading a good story in class or singing out in the choir, they know Norman Street will continue to make her so proud.

The school added: "Carolyn will be missed by everyone at Norman Street School, and our whole community. Her leadership over the last five years has been truly inspirational.

"And while she may no longer be with us, she will forever be a part of the Norman Street Family."