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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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North Cumbrian schools mourn popular teacher

A woman found dead after going missing was an “inspirational” teacher whose kindness and professionalism helped to transform the lives of her pupils.

Marian Page photo
Marian Page

Related: Body of missing woman found in north Cumbria

Colleagues said the intellect andpassion of Marian Page “shone through” in her role at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) in Penrith as they expressed their devastation at her death.

Police confirmed the body of Mrs Page, 57, who also taught at Carlisle’s Trinity School, was found on Monday on fells in the Castle Carrock area, near Brampton.

The emotional impact of Mrs Page’s death was poignantly expressed in tributes that have poured in since her death was confirmed.

She went missing on Friday and a huge search was launched to try to find her. Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Chris Kirkup, headmaster at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, said: “Marian Page was an outstanding teacher who had been at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for 18 years.

“She taught environmental science and geography to sixth formers with an intellect and passion which shone through in both her teaching and the impressive results her students achieved.”

Mrs Page held a number of different positions at the school over the years.

She had been head of geography, head of year seven and head of year eight. Most recently, she was joint head of sixth form.

Mr Kirkup added: “All the staff, students and parents at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School are devastated by Marian’s death.”

Trinity School geography teacher Mike Hargreaves, who worked with Mrs Page before her move to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, said: “She was exceedingly hard working and very caring. She was my mentor and very supporting during my early career.

“She was a wonderful, wonderful teacher – one of the best.”

Among the floral tributes left outside her school in Penrith was one bearing this emotional message: “I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. You were one of the few who didn’t give up on me when I’d given up on myself. You helped me so much and got me through the most difficult time of my life. I honestly don’t know if I’d be here if it weren’t for you. I will always remember you as the amazing, kind, and caring soul that you are.”

Tributes also poured in via social media.

Debbie Ingram, crowned Miss Cumbria in 2012 and a former pupil of QEGS, said she “truly valued the support” Mrs Page had given.

Another tribute from a year 13 pupil read: “You were much more than a teacher to us; you were a friend, a counsellor, and mentor and much more.”

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