Wokingham Borough Council, is devastated by news of the violent attacks in our neighbouring town of Reading. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims affected by this traumatic event on Saturday 20 June. We are shocked and saddened that one of the victims was Mr Furlong, Head of History and Government and Politics at the Holt School Wokingham. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the school community.
Wokingham Borough Council Executive Member for Children’s Services Cllr UllaKarin Clark said: “I have been left utterly shocked and devastated by this tragedy. My thoughts are with Mr Furlong’s family and friends and with the whole school community. The Holt is a strong school that promotes good citizenship and a supportive culture, but this will be a time when it needs the support of the wider community. I will provide whatever help I can personally and ensure that the whole of the borough council does the same.”
Anne Kennedy and Katie Pearce, co-head teachers at The Holt School, added: “We are so very sad to report that on Saturday 20 June, James Furlong, our wonderfully talented and inspirational Head of History and Government and Politics was tragically killed in the terrorist incident at Forbury Gardens in Reading."
“James was a very kind and gentle man; he had a real sense of duty and cared for each and every one of our students. He truly inspired everyone he taught through his passion for his subject and his dedication. He was determined that our students would develop a critical awareness of global issues and in doing so, become active citizens and have a voice."
“As a Holt community, we all now need to absorb this sad news. Counsellors will be available for students and staff."
“Words cannot describe our shock and sadness at this time. Our thoughts are with his mum, dad, brother and family, and his friends and colleagues."
“He was a cherished colleague and he will be sadly missed.”