12 January 2023

On Wednesday we welcomed two special visitors to Penwortham Priory Academy.  

Michael Wragg is the husband of former English teacher and Head of Year, Jean Wragg, who passed away in 2021.  After her death, it was daughter Michele's idea to bequeath a memorial fund the school.  Michele now lives in Australia and whilst currently in England the pair visited Priory to observe Mrs Wragg's memorial.

Michele said, “My mum was passionate about education and she devoted her whole working life to teaching. She had great affection for Priory.”

Mrs Wragg was a teacher at Priory from the 1970s to early 1990s.  When she passed away the family asked friends and family to donate to a memorial fund in her name with the intention of making a bequest to the school she enjoyed a long association with.  

An all-weather Magnolia tree was planted by the school's gardener, Mr Farron, in the Priory Garden where there is a bench in her name overlooking it.  

Jean's husband Michael said: "Jean had a particular fondness for the Magnolia tree – especially the one with cream flowers.”  Jean’s plaque is placed by the tree. 

In addition to this, the family have donated an annual legacy award - The Jean Wragg 'Strive for the Highest' Award - which is given to a Year 11 leaver each year who has demonstrated a sustained aspiration to achieve the highest goals in learning and life skills.

Mrs Yates, who co-ordinates Priory's alumni liaison, said, "It was a delight to finally welcome Michael and Michele.  The rain actually held off so they could enjoy a moment together to reflect on Jean's memory in our garden.  The Magnolia tree will be well cared for by Mr Farron and we look forward to seeing it take centre stage in our outdoor space."

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