Shock death of caring teacher

Carol Barwise was a teaching assistant at Euxton Primrose Hill Primary School. She died following a spinal stroke.
Carol Barwise was a teaching assistant at Euxton Primrose Hill Primary School. She died following a spinal stroke.
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“She was kind and caring, and was genuinely loved by the staff and children here.”

Tributes were this week paid to a much loved teaching assistant who has passed away following a spinal stroke.

Carol Barwise, 48, was a highly respected staff member at Euxton Primrose Hill Primary School, Primrose Hill Road, who has left a lasting impression on her family, friends and students.

The mum to Sam, 14, will be remembered for her patience and willingness to help children with emotional, social or educational needs.

Ms Barwise had taught at the school for eight years, and was not only a close friend, but also an inspiration, to many of her colleagues and pupils.

Her work and contributions to the school will leave a lasting impression, particularly her art work, which is displayed in the building’s entrance hall.

Talking to the Guardian about Ms Barwise, Euxton Primrose Hill Primary School’s headteacher, Chris Shields, said: “Carol was an incredible, modest, quiet and humble lady, who loved the school so much.

“There was never any shouting, which is one of the first things the children would say about her.

“She was also an incredible artist, and was always helping the school look beautiful through displays.”

Ms Barwise’s death came as a shock to her family and friends, with her condition deteriorating quickly over four to five weeks.

“It’s very rare that a staff member dies in service, it is usually after retirement,” Mr Shields continued.

“It was all quite quick.

“She never had a bad word to say about anybody, and she had the ability to tame the wildest children.

“A child would find something a challenge, and left feeling successful.”

Arrangements are currently underway so that the school’s doors can be closed at some point this week, to give staff an opportunity to mourn.

Having now had an assembly, Mr Shields is hopeful of bringing an artist into the school, to create an exterior display in Ms Barwise’s memory.

Anybody will be welcome to contribute.

Parents are also invited to come into the school, to pay their respects by writing down their memories of Ms Barwise in a book of condolence.

A message on the school’s website reads: “I would like to invite parents to leave a message in our book of condolence, which is situated in the school entrance.

“Our love and sympathy goes to Carol’s family at this most difficult time.”

Ms Barwise’s funeral will take place on March 7 at Charnock Richard Crematorium, Preston Road, at 2pm.