Crawley Green Infant School was closed last Thursday as a mark of respect for former headteacher Gillian Major, who has died of cancer.
Tributes have poured in for the woman who was not only an inspirational teacher but was also loved by staff, children and parents alike.
Mrs Major, 65, who started at Crawley Green in 1985 and became headteacher in 2001, was extremely proud of the school and the fact it was classed as ‘outstanding in all areas’ in a recent Ofsted report.
Her daughter Alex said: “Mum was very kind and everybody was made to feel welcome.
“She loved holidays and walking on the beach. But mainly she enjoyed spending time with her family - reading to her grandchildren, family meals, She was never happier than when we were all together.
“When she was diagnosed with myeloma, she was remarkable – stoic and unflinching in her determination to fight it. We feel love, pride and thanks for our lovely Mum.”
Mrs Major leaves her husband Roderick, 67, and children Alex, James and Victoria as well as four grandchildren.