Schoolchildren offered support after death of Rawmarsh teacher

By Adele Forrest | 13/04/2018

Schoolchildren offered support after death of Rawmarsh teacher
Chelsey Peart

A HEADTEACHER has paid tribute to a “highly regarded and respected” young teacher who has died.

Principal Helen O’Brien of Rawmarsh Community School informed children and parents yesterday that arts and textiles teacher Chelsey Peart (27) has died.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said her death was not being treated as suspicious.

The force said: "Emergency services were called to a property in Manor Road, Brampton, at around 7.05pm on Wednesday, April 11 following the discovery of a 27-year-old woman’s body.

"Her death is not being treated as suspicious."

Mrs O’Brien said in a letter to parents: “I am very sorry to have to inform you about the tragic death of Mrs Peart, who was a well-loved teacher here at our school.

“Mrs Peart was a highly regarded and respected member of our staff. Our thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.

“We have been working closely with advisors from Rotherham Council who are supporting school staff and students following this tragedy.”

Ms O’Brien said the school had taken the decision to inform students of the news yesterday (Thursday) afternoon after consulting Mrs Peart’s family.

The school signposted parents to local and national support services, detailed below, which they could access if in need of advice and help.

Mrs Peart, of Rawmarsh, opened a bespoke bridal dress business – Chelsey Crossland Bespoke – in 2016.

Speaking to the Advertiser last year Mrs Peart said: “If someone had told me this time last year I would be receiving orders for my designs from the four corners of the world I would have laughed at them.”

In the interview the teacher said her two passions in life were “creating beautiful products and inspiring others in the classroom”. 

No further details around the circumstances of Mrs Peart’s death have been released.





  • Rotherham Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) CAMHS Duty team (Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm) can be contacted on 01709 304808 CAMHS out of hours for emergencies access via A&E Please note the services are shut on public bank holidays but the out of hours service continues to
  • Childline Telephone free on 0800 1111 or visit the website
  • Winstons Wish Telephone 08452 03 04 05

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