A huge outpouring of tributes have been shared after the death of 'the most memorable, loved and inspirational' Merseyside teacher.

Upton Hall FCJ girls' school in Upton, Wirral has announced the death of long-serving former English teacher Philipa Rough - who has been described as a 'legend' of the profession.

People have flocked to social media to share their memories of a teacher who was hugely respected and who many have credited with their love of reading and writing.

Former students going back as far as 1974 have posted moving tributes to Mrs Rough - who will be laid to rest at a service in St Joseph's Church, Upton on March 9.

Tweeting about the sad news, the school's account said: "We were sorry to learn yesterday of the passing of Mrs Rough. Mrs Rough was a well loved, inspirational teacher of English at Upton for many years. We will remember her in our prayers."

The tweet was followed by scores of emotional tributes from former Upton pupils who were all in agreement as to the powerful impact Mrs Rough's teaching had on them.

Local writer Laura Brown said: "My wonderful English teacher who made me see words and language in a way I'd never considered before.

"Language could be used to create pictures, just as easily as with brushes and paint. She was a joy."

Maureen Liddy said: "What a great teacher. Taught my three girls, I will remember her for the essential reading list .

"I think they had to read 100 books in the academic year. They did and are voracious readers today 30 years on . Thank you Mrs Rough."

Upton Hall School FCJ, Upton
Upton Hall School FCJ, Upton

Many former students spoke of the popular teacher's strict approach to proper grammar.

Liza Dan said: "Oh it's very sad to hear this. She was a wonderful woman and a great teacher. I quake at the sight of an ill-placed apostrophe and it's all down to Mrs Rough's excellent training! RIP."

Lucy Lastic added: "My grammatical pedantry is a result of Mrs Rough scaring the bejeezus out of me, should I make a mistake.

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"I still remember meeting her for the first time as a quaking First Year!! "I'm Rough by name... And ROUGH by nature!" RIP to the best English teacher ever."

Others shared their appreciation of Mrs Rough on the Upton Hall alumni facebook page.

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One former pupil said: "My first English teacher in 1984! We received the “I’m rough by name ...” speech, but grew to love her lessons. We had a ban on Enid Blyton and a strong steering on the grammar front! An inspirational lady. Rest in peace x

Another said: "RIP to a truly wonderful lady, a brilliant teacher and a friend to all. Mrs Rough you touched so many lives and your legacy lives on."