TRIBUTES have been paid to a "beautiful" and "well-loved" Alcester schoolgirl who 'died unexpectedly.'

Late Alcester Grammar School student Annabel Greenhalgh started Year 7 in September this year.

Principal Rachel Thorpe described Annabel as "wonderful" and said the school was "shocked and saddened" following her "unexpected death" earlier this month. 

"In her short time with us, she threw herself into school life and was a well-loved member of her form," Ms Thorpe said.

"Our thoughts are with her parents."

In a statement shared by the school, Annabel's parents said they are "completely and utterly devastated" following the passing of Annabel on Friday, October 14.

They said: "The magnitude of our shock, grief and complete emptiness is unimaginable. She was the centre of our universe. Our hearts are shattered.

"We were so incredibly proud of Annabel. She was an inspiration to all. She had a beautiful, kind soul.

"She was gentle, phenomenally bright, fun and always inclusive of everyone. She was loved by so many".

The family added that they "found comfort in the outpouring of love for her in our community" and thanked everyone who attended a vigil for Annabel.

St Chad’s Church at Bishop’s Tachbrook has been opening each night this week between 6 and 7 pm for those that wish to light a candle or write in the book of condolence.