Shock at death of young Rotherham teacher

Chelsey Peart
Chelsey Peart

A Rotherham school has announced the death of a young Rotherham teacher.

Chelsey Peart taught art and textiles at Rawmarsh Community School and her death has been described by the headteacher as 'tragic'.

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In a letter to pupils and parents, Helen O'Brien described 27-year-old Mrs Peart as 'highly regarded and respected' at the school.

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She wrote "I'm very sorry to have to inform you about the tragic death of Mrs Peart, who was a well-loved teacher here at our school.

"Mrs Peart was a highly regarded and respected member of staff.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time."

She said the decided to release news of the death to pupils yesterday after speaking to Mrs Peart's family.

The circumstances surrounding the death have not yet been released.

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Headteacher Mrs O'Brien added: "We have been working closely with advisors from Rotherham Council who are supporting school staff and students following this tragedy.

"We took the decision to tell students about the loss of Mrs Peart after speaking to the teacher's family, who supported us with this.

"We are also offering support to children in school, with support from the council's educational psychology team."

Chelsey was also a well respected in the bridal business after starting out making bespoke bridal accessories from her home and achieving global success, securing orders from as far away as America and New Zealand.

Using the trade name Chelsey Crossland Bespoke, she designed and created bespoke bridal accessories including garters, head pieces and chokers for brides-to-be across the globe.

During an interview with The Star in September, Chelsey, said: "If someone had told me this time last year I would be receiving orders for my designs from the four corners of the world I would have laughed at them, but hat’s exactly what’s happened.

"Fashion has always been an important part of my life and began with my love of the eclectic. Making beautiful things makes me feel excited about life."