Climbing wall to be lasting legacy to West Kirby Grammar School pupil


A climbing wall is set to be built at West Kirby Grammar School in memory of pupil Jessica Baker.

The 15-year-old died last month when a bus she was travelling on with fellow students crashed on the M53.

The school has been working with pupils and her family to identify the best way to pay tribute to her, and has now launched a £30,000 fundraising drive to build a 20 foot climbing wall at the school.

It will be a lasting legacy to Jessica, who was a keen rock climber and had represented Wales in national competitions.

Jessica Baker

West Kirby Grammar School head, Simeon Clarke said: “Following the critical incident on Friday 29 September which resulted in Jessica Baker tragically passing away, the school have worked closely with her family and friends to identify a project that we collectively believe to be the most fitting way to honour her memory.

“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.

“Recognising her insatiable appetite for climbing and her desire to enthuse others in this area, West Kirby Grammar School aim to convert part of their existing quad into a vibrant climbing wall area in the hope of bringing joy to many for years to come.”

The project will include the installation of a 20ft climbing wall, the replacement of the existing paving with a rubberised surface, extending the gating and fencing around the area and the design and mounting of a memorial plaque.

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