15 November 2021

We were saddened to be informed that Jack passed away suddenly on 23 October, aged 28 years.

Although Jack had muscular dystrophy, he lived his life to the full and he was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

A celebration of Jack's life was held at West Lancs Crematorium, Burscough, last Friday 12 November.  His former form tutor, Mrs Simpson, and Geography teacher Mr Watters, represented the school at his memorial service.

Mrs Simpson, in her heart-warming tribute, said, "I feel privileged to have been Jack's form tutor through his time at Priory. Jack was an inspirational student who never let his condition define him. Jack was self-deprecating and when he arrived at a themed non-uniform day dressed as 'Andy' from Little Britain it raised more than a few smiles. 

"Jack also had a mischievous streak and a keen sense of humour. Priory had a lift installed so he could access all areas of school however, he had to have a support assistant with him when he used it.  None of us liked the lift and would watch the ceiling coming towards us. Jack took great delight turning off the lift mid floor and then waiting until we were suitably terrified before laughing and setting us off again!

"Jack also had his own rest-room, 'rest' being the operative word.  It was actually party-central at Priory!

"It was an honour to represent Penwortham Priory Academy at the celebration of Jack’s life and to share in the memories of a short life that was lived to the full. I will miss seeing Jack around Longton and having a chat and catch up but will remember fondly what an inspirational and exceptional young man he was." 

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