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Tributes paid to 'dedicated' headteacher after coronavirus death

Credit: Newman School

Tributes have been paid to a former special school headteacher who died on Saturday after contracting coronavirus.

Julie Mott was described by staff at Newman School, in Whiston, Rotherham, as dedicated, kind and determined following her death. Friends, colleagues, parents and former pupils took to social media to pay their respects to the retired headteacher.

Paul Silvester, the current headteacher at the school - which caters for young people with special educational needs, said in a statement:

"It is with great sadness I have to report that my predecessor as headteacher at Newman School, Julie Mott, died on Saturday night from coronavirus.

Julie helped many staff personally, professionally, through good times and bad. Many staff as this sad news has broken, shared stories of her kindness, determination, support, sense of humour and laughter that has been so warmly remembered.

She worked incredibly long hours with a passion for our children and staff, she remained dedicated to them after her retirement. Our final thoughts though are with her strength and determination, it is these skills that drove Julie and her memory and her success will live long at Newman.

– Tribute to Julie Mott

One former pupil wrote: "Rest in peace to a fantastic woman. Provided a brilliant educational environment for those with additional needs. "She gave me a place at the school when I was 14 and I will be forever grateful for it. Thank you for all you did Mrs Mott."

A number of parents also posted their thanks for the help she gave to their children, with many describing her as a "legend".