“A fun, lively and mischievous young girl who played a big part in school life...”
The simple, touching words of the headteacher of Great Arley School in tribute to tragic Fleetwood teenager Sarah Duggan, who died on Saturday after being struck by a car.
Sarah left Thornton’s Great Arley Special School in the summer and her death has caused deep shock in the school community.
Anne Marshfield, who was Sarah’s headteacher for five years, said the school was extremely saddened by the news and staff had been supporting pupils affected by her death.
She said: “Obviously we are deeply shocked and saddened by the news.
“Our school is a very close knit community and we all knew Sarah very well.
“She represented the school in tag rugby, football, she loved her sport.
“We also have many happy memories from the Christmas concerts she took part in too.
“We are supporting pupils as best as we can and we have a education psychologist with us.
“Our thoughts are with her family at this time during these terrible circumstances.”
Sarah was crossing Fleetwood Road with three friends towards the shops on The Crescent at Broadwater when she was hit by a Renault Scenic car last Monday.
Police say the incident is thought to have been a “tragic accident”.
The Blackpool and The Fylde College student, of Brook Street, suffered a bleed on the brain and had a valve fitted to try to reduce the pressure building.
But, despite medics’ best efforts Sarah died at Royal Preston Hospital on Saturday at around 5.15pm with her devoted mother Julie by her side.
Jackie Wooding, head of Blackpool and The Fylde College’s School of Access and Continuing Education, where Sarah was studying said: “Sarah started college in September 2013 and has many friends in college, which she has built up over her years as a pupil at Great Arley special school or through her love of football.
“As a student she was very keen to improve herself, she was always up to date with her work and asked for additional work, she especially enjoyed working on computers.
“Staff and students will miss Sarah very much as in the short time she has been at the college, she has left an impression as a friendly and likeable person.”
Tributes from Sarah’s friends have also continued to pour in through a Facebook page set up in her memory.
One, from Katie Blundell, said: “Sleep tight Sarah, my heart breaks for your mum and all the family. You’re with the angels now, free from pain. You died a hero and nobody will ever forget.”
A date for Sarah’s funeral has not yet been set, but funeral directors Lengs Funeral Service have asked for any inquiries to be directed to them on (01253) 471827.