Pupils were left in floods of tears after their school was destroyed by a fir e.

St Mary's Catholic Voluntary Academy, in Derby, was gutted by flames on Saturday morning.

An investigation into what caused the blaze is being carried out by the fire service, DerbyshireLive reports.

Faith Mosley, who has five children at the school and its nursery, said images of it burning to the ground had left her family heartbroken.

The mum-of-seven said: "My children were in floods of tears.

“They were so happy and learning so much there. It was just pure devastation."

The 31-year-old has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise cash for the school, which was recently rated as the best in Derbyshire in The Real Schools Guide 2020.

The primary school was devastated by the blaze

The school, which has been closed for the foreseeable future, had already struggled with a tough year due to coronavirus.

Pupils will be learning from home from Tuesday.

Thousands of pounds have been raised so far to replace laptops, chairs, tables and other equipment destroyed by the blaze.

Faye, who runs a cleaning business, said: "I've been overwhelmed with the response the page has had.

Thousands of pounds have been raised to replace equipment

"When I saw what had happened I felt that I needed to go on a mission to help the school - they've been brilliant and so supportive to my children.

"The funds raised will help replace books, notebooks, projectors, laptops, tables, chairs and anything else we can get because everything has gone.

“It's immensely sad."

Sean McClafferty, chief executive of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust which runs the school, said the fire had caused “extensive damage to the building”.

He added: “As a result, it is not safe for staff and pupils to enter.

“The school will be closed from Monday and we are putting plans in place for home learning from Tuesday this week and the school has been in contact with all staff and parents/carers to inform them of this.

“We are discussing provision for pupils going forward and we will be in touch with families as soon as we can to let them know what our plans are.

“An investigation is being carried out by the fire service to determine the cause of the fire.

“Our thoughts are very much with our school community at this incredibly difficult time and we will be doing everything we possibly can to support everyone affected.”