Tragedy as ‘hugely caring’ school worker, 27, dies in horror crash with bus


Tributes have been paid to a school worker with a ‘radiant smile’ after she was killed in a horror crash.

Saskia Bets, aged 27, tragically died following a collision with a bus outside of Easingwold, North Yorkshire on Tuesday morning.

The behaviour and wellbeing mentor at Hob Moor Oaks Academy in York had been working on designing sensory stories for children with additional needs who are currently shielding, Examiner Live reported.

Gail Brown, chief executive at Ebor Academy Trust, which runs the school, praised Saskia following her death.

“Her smile radiated the room and even from initial conversations you could tell she had a warm, empathetic and caring character which was perfect for her role,” she said.

“Her abilities, even from someone so young, were not only admired and respected within the Hob Moor Federation of Schools but also within the wider Ebor wellbeing team.

“Her colleagues and children at school will miss her dearly and I send my heartfelt condolences to her family at such a difficult time.”

Saskia lived in Easingwold and started work at Hob Moor Oaks in November 2019.

Olivia Hargreaves, head of school at Hob Moor Oaks, paid a heart-felt tribute to her.

“Saskia was a bright, beautiful and hugely caring person and a valued and respected member of our closely-knit team,” she said.

“She brought unique skills to our school community, children and families and a great strength to our team, that at the moment we are still too shocked to understand how much we will miss.

“Saskia’s work was driven by her high energy, sense of fun and passion to understand children and what she could bring to enrich not only their learning but, most importantly, their wellbeing and happiness.

“She was hardworking, intelligent and the brightest spark in our office daily and gave her heart and soul to everything.

“Her care, love and desire to ensure children reach their potential was at the forefront of her mind every day.

“She generously shared her skills and knowledge with class teams across both our schools and, more recently, trust-wide.”

The driver of the bus, which did not have any passengers at the time of the crash, was taken to hospital with minor injuries but has since been released.

Tricia Ellison, chair of Ebor Academy Trust, said: “All at the trust are desperately saddened to hear of Saskia’s death following a road traffic accident.

“The sadness is exacerbated by her youth, a sense of how much living she still had to do and how much more she had to contribute professionally to the very special children she worked with as part of the wellbeing team at Hob Moor Oaks in York.

“Our sincerest sympathy and thoughts are with her family and friends, facing so devastating and sudden a loss.

“Saskia was much loved by her colleagues and will be deeply missed by them and by the children and families she worked with.”