A WIRRAL teenager has died from meningitis.
Birkenhead High School Academy student Daisy Metcalfe, 15, from Wallasey died surrounded by family in hospital on Friday.
Today her school led tributes to the "gifted young musician".
It also moved quickly to comfort grieving classmates left stunned at the death of the teenager.
Daisy was killed by the bacterial infection pneumococcal meningitis which causes inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord.
The school has also issued Health Protection Agency advice to stress to parents that "the risk of this infection being passed on is extremely low" and there is no reason to keep children off school.
Paying tribute to Daisy, who also has a younger sister in the Prenton school, headteacher Christine Mann said she was "a kind and conscientious person who would always put the interests of others before her own".
The much-loved teen joined the school in 2009.
Daisy’s love of music saw her play in a host of school music ensembles and she could effortlessly switch between trumpet, tenor and French horn.
Her recent contributions included performing a fanfare at a prize-giving event at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in November.
She was also asked to perform a poignant rendition of the Last Post for junior school pupils in the build up to Remembrance Sunday.
Mrs Mann said: "Daisy was an immensely talented individual who approached all aspects of her life with a confidence and determination beyond her years, and with a wonderful sense of humour.
"Daisy was quite simply a joy to know and was much loved by everyone who knew her. She will be deeply missed."
Mrs Mann said the school held a minute’s silence to "reflect on Daisy’s life" during a special assembly.
It also set up a teacher-supervised "quiet room" allowing pupils some time-out and support if things got too much for them.
A book of condolence has been opened and Mrs Mann said pupils had already spoken of the prospect of a lasting tribute to Daisy which the school would discuss with her family.
"Daisy was simply a delight," she said.
Grieving friends have taken to social networking site Twitter to pay tributes. Imogen Collins tweeted: "RIP Daisy Metcalfe. Far too young to go, God Bless."
And Aimee Brannon wrote: "So upsetting to think how cruel life can be to the most innocent people, RIP Daisy xxx."