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Tributes paid to former Uttoxeter teacher

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A FORMER Uttoxeter primary school teacher, who ‘always went the extra mile’ for children, has sadly passed away at her home at the age of 71.

Jackie James, previously Mrs Jackie Goodwin, was a teacher at Picknalls First School, in Oldfields Road, for 17 years, teaching Class 6 between 1973 and 1990.

She then went on to work for Staffordshire County Council as an advisory teacher, helping with the new computers for schools and going round all the schools in the area.

She was a governor for Great Wood School in Tean until 2009 and a member of the Labour Party.

Remembered as a ‘busy and enthusiastic’ person by her daughter Victoria Goodwin, Jackie had two children Victoria and Charlotte Goodwin, and two grandchildren Jamie and Sean, aged three and six.

She enjoyed craft and taught an after-school class to the children, and often attended farmers markets and craft fairs with her knitted goods stall.

Passionate about amateur dramatics, Jackie took part in a group in Cheadle and always appeared in their productions.

Many former pupils and colleagues may remember her and are invited to come along and pay their respects at St Margaret’s Church in Wolstanton, Newcastle-under-Lyme at 10am on Monday.

Victoria Goodwin, daughter of Jackie, said: “She always enjoyed doing things with the children and was always happy to give extra help whenever they needed it. She started out her working life at Shelton Nursery school, then moved to Cheadle playgroup. She lived in Thorley Drive, Cheadle and May Bank, Newcastle.”

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