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Tragic death of special needs teacher after COVID-19 battle

Article date - 09 February 2021

The tragic passing of a long-serving special needs teacher has seen tributes pour in from around the borough.
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Mrs Janet Jackson, aged 63, was Penkford School’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and science teacher and she had worked in education for more than three decades – over half of that at Penkford.

Mrs Jackson (pictured with her daughter) made a huge contribution to the lives of some of St Helens Borough’s most vulnerable SEND children their families. Mrs Jackson was spoken of as ‘everybody’s auntie' and considered to be a 'grandmother figure' to her pupils and families. 

Tributes have been pouring into the school from current and former pupils and families, and from around the borough.

Mrs Jackson died at Whiston Hospital on Sunday 7 February from COVID-19, and she was even worried about her pupils right up to being admitted to hospital. She made a very significant contribution to the Special Needs policies and resources over many years for St Helens Borough Council and was respected throughout the borough as a lead in this field. 

Penkford head teacher, Anne Kyle said:

“Janet will be greatly missed by her Penkford family, and our thoughts are with her husband and children at this very sad time. Staff, pupils and their families have been deeply affected by her passing, and we are working to ensure that bereavement support is available to all who need it. 

“When the time is right we will be looking at a permanent way to honour Mrs Jackson and her immeasurable contribution to the school and the many colleagues and vulnerable young people on whom she had a profoundly positive impact.” 

Penkford are due to move to the old Red Bank site in September 2022 and it may be that the new science wing, or the Special Education Unit is named after her.