he household of 15-year-old Jessica Baker who died after her faculty coach crashed on Friday have described her as “warm-hearted and great”, in a touching tribute.
The schoolgirl was killed within the crash that additionally claimed the lifetime of coach driver Stephen Shrimpton.
In a tribute issued via Merseyside Police, the household of 15-year-old Jessica Baker mentioned: “Jessica was a warm-hearted, great daughter, granddaughter and niece, devoted sister and dependable pal.
“A gifted climber, based mostly on the Boardroom Climbing centre academy the place she helped coach youthful climbers and competed across the nation inspiring others.
“On the age of 15, simply beginning Yr 11 at West Kirby Grammar Faculty, the place her focus was not simply on educational work but additionally sports activities, representing the college at many occasions.
“Her premature dying has led to an enormous void in our lives that can by no means be crammed.
“She shall be missed by many, from not solely faculty but additionally the climbing neighborhood throughout the nation.”
In an extra tribute, Simeon Clarke, headteacher of West Kirby Grammar Faculty, mentioned: “It’s onerous to seek out the phrases to explain the tragic lack of one in every of our college students, Jessica Baker.
“Our ideas – and I do know the ideas of the broader faculty neighborhood – are with Jessica’s household and buddies at this unimaginably unhappy and tough time.
“Unequivocally sort and empathetic, Jessica was a devoted pal who was a popular and revered member of our faculty neighborhood.
“She was an unassuming, well mannered and conscientious pupil who exemplified the values of our faculty.
“Jessica was additionally a eager sportswoman, representing her home and the college in quite a few competitions, and demonstrating an unwavering love of – and dedication to – mountaineering, the place she had beforehand represented Wales in nationwide competitions.
“Jessica shall be enormously and sadly missed by her buddies, teammates, classmates, and all at West Kirby Grammar Faculty who had the pleasure and privilege to come across her.
“As we return to high school this week, we’ll proceed to work intently together with her household and buddies to make sure that we rejoice Jessica’s life in probably the most becoming manner doable.
“These are tough and difficult occasions, however I’ve all the time had and proceed to have nice perception within the power of our neighborhood to help each other and pull collectively in occasions of want.
“We’re extraordinarily pleased with the best way by which college students and the college neighborhood have responded to the occasions of Friday.
“We have now already put in place a complete programme of help for employees and college students and we’ll have a look at how we would be capable to develop this help additional this week to oldsters and carers.”