Teacher bowing out after 38 years at King James’s

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King James’s longest-serving teacher is bowing out this summer after an incredible 38 years at the Knaresborough school.

History teacher Pete Finan joined the school in 1975 has taught two and, in some cases, three generations of the same Knaresborough families.

He has been on countless school trips including the first Ardeche trip more than 20 years ago which is now a regular feature in St James’s calender. He is well known in the school and wider community for his willingness to get involved and is the honorary president of Knaresborough Air Cadets and encouraged his students to get involved in charity work.

King James’s School has given Mr Finan far more than just a career. His wife Sue (then Miss Traviss) started work there as a PE teacher in 1976 and they married in 1978. Their three children – Rachel, Hannah and Michael – have all been through the school.

Fellow history teacher Rob Snow said: “Pete has always been the most supportive of colleagues and insists on all members of staff being treated with respect.

“He has great personal relations with pupils but he is no pushover. You don’t cross Mr Finan without coming off worst!”

Headteacher Carl Sugden added: “I can think of very few teachers who have provided more in the way of rich experiences for students on trips and visits than Mr Finan!”

l The history department are compiling a memories book for Mr Finan.

Do you have any memories of Mr Finan from your time at King James’s? Email lizallenby@king-james.n-yorks.sch.uk