Tributes have been paid to a teacher and former Liskeard student who was killed in a car accident on Tuesday.

Anna Kirsopp-Lewis, 34, lost her life when the car she was driving was in collision with another vehicle on the A36 near Bath. Her unborn baby also died in the accident.

Anna, who grew up in the Liskeard area and attended Liskeard School and Community College, had been living in Warminster and working as a Media teacher at Frome College.

Staff, students and parents at Frome College have paid emotional tributes, describing Anna as an inspirational teacher who was very highly thought of. One person who left a message on the school’s Facebook page said: ‘So sorry to hear this sad news. A wonderful lady who was bringing so much good into the world with her teaching. We send our love to those who are affected by this tragic event.’

Frome College closed a day early for the Christmas holiday yesterday as a mark of respect, and the school said that staff and students would plan a celebration of Anna’s life and her great work in the New Year.

A spokesperson for the school said: ‘It is with great sadness that Frome College announce that our Media teacher, Anna Kirsopp-Lewis and her baby lost their lives in a car accident on Tuesday.

‘Anna was an inspirational teacher who cared deeply for all her students. She was a dear colleague, whose strength and commitment will be so missed by everyone at the College, and all who knew her. Our thoughts are with her family at this tragic time.’John Batey, former head of the sixth form at Liskeard School, told the Cornish Times: 'The tragic death of Anna has left a hole in the life of everyone who knew her. 'It was my privilege to have Anna as one of our Sixth Form Students at Liskeard School and Community College.'She was a delightful girl, intelligent, hard working, cheerful and funny. She was popular with staff and students alike, and we felt proud to have Anna as an ambassador for the school. 'She was one of those Sixth Formers you would instinctively turn to if new parents or students needed to be shown around the school.'I will always remember her puckish sense of humour and her zest for life. 'It is truly heartbreaking to have Anna taken from us in such tragic circumstances. All who knew Anna will be devastated at her loss.'