TRIBUTES have been paid to a “bubbly and outgoing” English teacher who has died at the age of just 25.
Hayley Soule, who had been diabetic since she was 17, worked at Beaufort Co-operative Academy in Gloucester.
She died in her sleep.
The coroner has been informed of her death.
Her family, from Up Hatherley, said they have been overwhelmed by the number of students and friends who have passed on their condolences and fond memories of Hayley, whose funeral is at Cheltenham Crematorium’s South Chapel at 3.15pm today.
Younger sister Louise said: “Hayley was bubbly and very outgoing. One of the first things you noticed was her unforgettable smile, which just went from ear to ear.
“She was just one of the kindest people. We disagreed, but we never argued. She was a best friend as well as a sister.
“She was not the kind of teacher to sit behind a desk and she liked to be among the students. She taught them each at individual levels.”
Dad Nick said one of his proudest moments was when she went to Lancaster University, becoming the first member of the family to obtain a degree.
Mum Sandra added: “It was the way she threw herself into everything. She went to university and got on with it and did the same when she started teaching. She was always very sensible and so thoughtful. Her friends at university always called her ‘Mother Hayley’.”
Hayley went to primary school in Leckhampton before she started at Cheltenham Bournside School.
She was a member of the Girl Guide movement before moving on to become a young leader in Warden Hill.
After completing her teacher training she spent two years teaching in Warwickshire, before moving back to Cheltenham and getting a job in Gloucester, where she started in September.
Two of Beaufort’s youngest students even traced Hayley’s family on Facebook so they could pass on their memories and condolences.
Ranjit Samra, headteacher of Southam College where she taught in Warwickshire, said: “Hayley was a hard-working and dedicated English teacher with a very bright future ahead of her.
“However, the enthusiasm and passion for what she did is her legacy for all the children who were fortunate enough to be taught by her.”