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Islington school’s shock at death of ‘absolute angel’ teacher

55-year-old killed in road accident involving a van, two days after Christmas, was ‘like a second mum to everyone’

04 January, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Tracey Wilson ‘changed so many people’s lives’, said a former pupil

A TEACHER hailed as a mother figure for scores of struggling children in Islington has died in a shock accident over the Christmas period.

Floral tributes cover the school gates of City of London Academy Islington, in Angel, where Tracey Wilson, 55, worked.

She died after an accident involving a van two days after Christmas.

Ms Wilson’s son Courtney paid tribute to his mother, who was lead learning mentor and safeguarding deputy at the school in Prebend Street.

“I am heartbroken and devastated,” he said. “The feeling of loss just gets bigger and bigger.

“My mum was an absolute angel. She was so selfless. Her door was always open for people to come in. She’d help them through their problems and give them advice.”

He added: “The amount of flowers and cards we saw on the gates was overwhelming. I couldn’t believe it. The number of people saying she had helped them through dark times in their life and helped them through school. She was a true, true angel.”

Ms Wilson died on December 29 in an east London hospital, two days after the accident in Hornsey High Street, near where she lived. She had been a pedestrian. The driver of the van stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

Floral tributes left at the City of London Academy Islington gates

Mr Wilson, who has a two-year-old son, Cody, said: “My head is so clouded at the moment. She was my rock. If I needed help with anything she would be the person I would go to.

“She loved being with Cody. She was amazing with him. I don’t know what we’re going to do now.

“I’m trying to imagine what life will be like without her.”

Ms Wilson started work at the school, then Islington Green, in 1999.

Tracey with her son Courtney Wilson 

Tracey with her grandson Cody

She specialised in teaching children who were struggling and misbehaving in class.

Farringdon resident Leighann Burns, who attended Islington Green from 1997, remembers Ms Wilson helping her through secondary school.

The mother-of-four said: “She was like a second mum to everyone. She had these amazing hugs she would give you. As soon as she put her arms around you, you felt safe and comfortable.

“She never once let me down. She changed so many people’s lives. I would not have got through secondary school without her.”

Ms Burns added: “She definitely wasn’t a pushover. You would know that you had done something wrong if she tied her hair up with an elastic band and stuck a pencil in it.”

Ms Wilson, a breast cancer survivor, was 11 years in remission. She spent a lot of her time fundraising for Marie Curie charity.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to support the family in their funeral preparations. Go to


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