School is devastated at death of teacher

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Tributes have been paid to an “outstanding and inspirational” teacher who has died from cancer at the age of 40.

Mother-of-two Rachel Ambler, who taught English at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, was diagnosed with breast cancer almost two years ago, in spring 2012.

Mrs Ambler, who lived in Mellor with her husband, Philip and children Elspeth (seven) and Alisdair (four), passed away at Royal Blackburn Hospital surrounded by her family.

Paying tribute, Judith Child, headteacher of the grammar school, said: “Our school community has been greatly saddened by the loss of a wonderful teacher.

“Rachel was an outstanding and inspirational teacher, a fantastic colleague and a wonderful friend to many.

“Rachel taught English at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School for the past 10 years and had also represented the staff on the Governing Body of the school.

“Rachel was a very popular and highly respected teacher who was always calm and cheerful. She has inspired so many students with her love of English and literature.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kind words and messages from current and former students, staff, parents, governors and friends.

“Rachel was a very special person and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

A funeral service will be held at St Francis Church, Feniscowles, Blackburn, on Monday at 12-30 pm.