Last night we were informed that James was murdered in Reading on Saturday 20th June 2020.

James was a student in St Francis Francis Xavier’s College when he was younger.

James was 36 years old and so it was a long time since he attended our school, but it is still upsetting to hear that an Old Xaverian has died under these circumstances.

Once a Xaverian – always a Xaverian.

We send out our prayers to James, his family, friends, loved ones and the community of The Holt School in Wokingham at this most difficult of times.

We are all proud of him and it is especially good that James dedicated his life to education and was a remarkable teacher of History and Politics.

The school in which he worked has paid tribute to the ‘kind and gentle man’ who ‘cared for each and every one of our students’.

The Year 10 when they are in school this week will pay tribute to James and his life in prayer.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed

Rest In Peace

Amen