Headteacher pays tribute to Jessica Baker

The headteacher of West Kirby Grammar School, Mr Simeon Clarke, who is head of the school where 15-year-old Jessica Baker attended has released a statement.

Jessica Baker sadly died as a result of the collision on the M53 northbound carriageway on Friday 29 September.

In a heartfelt statement, Mr Clarke said, “It is hard to find the words to describe the tragic loss of one of our students, Jessica Baker.

“Our thoughts – and I know the thoughts of the wider school community – are with Jessica’s family and friends at this unimaginably sad and difficult time. 

“Unequivocally kind and empathetic, Jessica was a dedicated friend who was a well-liked and respected member of our school community.

“She was an unassuming, polite and conscientious student who exemplified the values of our school. Jessica was also a keen sportswoman, representing her House and the school in numerous competitions, and demonstrating an unwavering love of – and commitment to – rock climbing, where she had previously represented Wales in national competitions.

“Jessica will be greatly and sadly missed by her friends, teammates, classmates, and all at West Kirby Grammar School who had the pleasure and privilege to encounter her. As we return to school this week, we will continue to work closely with her family and friends to ensure that we celebrate Jessica’s life in the most fitting way possible.

“These are difficult and challenging times, but I have always had and continue to have great belief in the strength of our community to support one another and pull together in times of need.

“We are extremely proud of the way in which students and the school community have responded to the events of Friday. We have already put in place a comprehensive programme of support for staff and students and we will look at how we might be able to develop this support further this week to parents and carers.”

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