CARING pupils at a Wyre Forest school have completed a project in memory of a much-loved teacher who died from cancer last year.

Adele Howells tragically died last November aged 44 after a battle with cancer.

When she was a teacher at Far Forest Memorial CE Primary Academy, her class was named Maple so the ‘Pupil Parliament’ at the school decided to plant a Maple tree in tribute to Adele.

An inscription has also been etched into a bench to sit alongside the tree.

The parliament was led by 11-year-old ‘Prime Minister’ Oscar Matthews, whose two older brothers were taught by Miss Howells for two years.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Adele Howells.Adele Howells. (Image: Severn Academies Educational Trust)

Mokshuda Begum, head of school, said: “Miss Howells fondly referred to her class as her ‘wonderful onesies’ and ‘terrific twosies’ with it being a mixed Year 1 and 2 class and she had taught Oscar’s family for 6 years in total, so had been a big influence.

“I am delighted the parliament were able to execute their idea with support from our community.”

The inscription, in loving memory of Miss Howells, reads: Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Year 6 Pupil Parliament members from left Rory Merson, Selena Reaves, Araminta Crewe and Oscar Matthews.Year 6 Pupil Parliament members from left Rory Merson, Selena Reaves, Araminta Crewe and Oscar Matthews. (Image: Far Forest Lea Memorial CE Primary Academy)

Mrs Begum said: “We are so proud of what they have achieved and that they were able to see this project through before moving onto high school.

“This has been a great legacy project of our Year 6 pupils.”

An Aviva Crowdfunder to create a Garden of Peace and Reflection in the school grounds in memory of Miss Howells, who taught there for 16 years, smashed its £6,000 target, and has now closed with a total raised of £7,472, including match funding and gift aid.

Work on the PTA-led project is expected to take place during the summer holidays, with a grand opening in the autumn term.