Dedicated educator is sadly missed

MUCH-LOVED: Former Doncaster school governor Gwyneth Annie Barker (nee Axe) has died at the age of 76.
MUCH-LOVED: Former Doncaster school governor Gwyneth Annie Barker (nee Axe) has died at the age of 76.
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A WELL-travelled former school governor has lost her battle with leukaemia.

Gwyneth Annie Barker fought the disease for almost four years, however died this month at the age of 76.

Bennetthorpe-born Gwyneth was educated at Doncaster High School and attended Bishop Grosseteste teacher training college in Lincoln.

She landed her first teaching job at Rossington’s Pheasant Bank Primary School and many years later became a governor at the site in West End Lane.

With a passion for travelling, Gwyneth taught children in third world countries in the Far East and Africa.

When she returned to the UK, she stayed in teaching and was appointed as headteacher at a failing school in Windsor set for closure which she managed to turn around.

She and the school were rewarded with a Charter Mark for Excellence following the incredible improvement and Gwyneth received personal recognition for her outstanding work in education.

Gwyneth has been described as a “wonderful woman” who is missed by her husband John, children Fiona, Nigel and Russell, extended family and friends.

She died in Scunthorpe General Hospital on July 7.