JAMES McVEIGH — or fondly known as ‘Jim, Jimbo and McVeigh’. James joined Manor High School, Wednesbury in the West Midlands in July 2005. He had been recruited by Sandwell LEA to teach Humanities and English. From the first time we met him, in Belfast, we knew that he was going to be a true ‘Manor’ stalwart; willing to give his all for those around him. James was committed from day one. He displayed a real love of teaching and a love of the pupils, building great relationships with pupils and staff alike. He was kind natured, dedicated to being the best he could be and providing the best experience for his pupils – both in and outside of the classroom. Nothing was too much trouble and he quickly became a valued member of staff and a popular teacher.
James always wanted to learn from more experienced colleagues and take advice on how to approach situations and the challenges of teaching in a socially deprived area of Wednesbury.
As a colleague, he was always willing to ‘go the extra mile’. He was the first to join in extra-curricular trips and experiences. He set up a Rugby team which was a huge achievement and success in a ‘Baggies’ (West Bromwich Football club) strong hold. As a result numerous children found a love for a new sport and the honour of playing for their school. He revelled in being able to participate in field trips, charity fundraising and 6th form events to mention but a few. The characters he portrayed for Children in Need and Comic Relief are well documented and will never be forgotten.
And, of course, his sense of fun was a key feature of many staff nights out! He would take on any challenge, including ‘dance offs’ and dancing on the tables, and his infectious humour and Irish banter would always leave us ‘wanting more’.
James was a kind hearted, conscientious and sensitive young man and his ‘spirit’ will live long in the hearts and memories of those that taught with him and were taught by him.
From the staff and pupils at Manor High School, Wednesbury.Written by Lesley Graham, posted by Cara Clarke