Update: Park School pays tribute to much loved teacher Sara Bluett
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Students and staff pay respects to Sara Bluett following her death in a crash on the A39 near Kilkhampton on Friday.
PARK Community School in Barnstaple was in mourning today (Monday) following the death of popular teacher Sara Bluett in a car crash on the A39.
The 46-year-old graphics teacher from Bude was killed when her silver VW Polo was in collision with a Ford Maverick van, at around 7.15am on Friday, two miles from Kilkhampton.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, while the van driver, a 42-year-old man from Northam, was air-lifted to Derriford hospital in Plymouth, with what were thought to be serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Park headteacher David Atton said the atmosphere among students this morning was quiet and respectful as they came to terms with the news about a well-liked teacher who everyone at the school would miss deeply.
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Hundreds of tributes have already been left on a Facebook page called R.I.P MISS BLUETT. Many past or present students spoke of happy memories with the ‘inspirational’ and ‘much-loved teacher’.
“She was a very respected and dedicated teacher and tutor, always with a smile on her face, always friendly, helpful and a person we will all very sadly miss,” said Mr Atton.
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“All our thoughts are with her family we pay our deepest respects to them at this sad time.
“She was a lovely person, always bright and cheerful, dedicated to her work and many students past and present have contacted me to say how sorry they are, how much they respected her and how much help she gave them.”
The school has opened a book of condolence and its main road entrance has been turned into a shrine of flowers and messages left by students and well wishers.
Mr Atton said teachers had spent time with Miss Bluett’s tutor group this morning to discuss ways to honour her memory: “They are the youngsters who knew her best and we will respect their wishes as to how the school might want to pay its respects to Sara,” he said.
“She did a lot of work for charity, particularly for Africa, and they have lots of ideas to carry that on in her name.”
Reports indicated both vehicles had ended up in a ditch, the van almost turning over. Officers from the serious collisions investigation team have begun a detailed investigation and police are keen to hear from anyone who recalls seeing the silver VW Polo travelling on the A39 towards Bideford.
The road was closed for much of the day, reopening at around 5pm.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote log 130 of 22 March 2013.