Tributes to Liverpool headteacher

Kate Griffin, head of Christ the King Catholic Primary School in Wavertree.

Tributes are being paid to a Liverpool headteacher who has passed away aged just 40.

Kate Griffin, who had been head at Christ the King Catholic Primary in Wavertree since 2014, died in hospital on Saturday after recently being diagnosed with a serious illness.

In a statement issued to parents, acting head David Delaney and Chair of Governors Ian Robertson, said: “Kate was an incredibly strong head teacher, full of life and a love of learning and a love of our school, which she always reminded us she was so proud to lead. Her huge smile will be missed by us all.

“There will be a more appropriate time in the future for us to pay our tributes to her and we will find a fitting way to do this. We will be arranging for bereavement support for both staff and children should they need it.”

Cabinet member for education, Councillor Barbara Murray, said: “This is really sad and devastating news for Kate’s family and friends and the whole of the school community. She will be very sadly missed, not just by those at Christ the King but also by the wider Liverpool family of schools.

“She was a very talented educator with a bright future ahead of her and had worked hard to support other school leaders in the city. Our thoughts are especially with her family and her children at this difficult time.”