Jim Swallow (OS Former Head of Mathematics)
Stockport Grammar School was saddened to receive the news that Mr Swallow, former head of Mathematics, passed away on 13th October 2018. A Memorial Service was held for Jim on the 14th November at Norbury Parish Church.
Of all the tributes to Jim Swallow on his retirement, one of the most heartfelt and succinct was that written by the Head Girl – Sarah Vernon (OS 1990). We publish that now as a fitting tribute to Jim:
“One of Mr Swallow’s qualities is that he is so quiet and unassuming, that many pupils do not realise what an outstanding asset he has been to the school. He became Head of Mathematics in 1963, handing over to Mr Boulding in 1987 so that he could devote his last years solely to teaching Maths. Mr Swallow has been a really dedicated mathematician and inspiring teacher. His lessons never had a dull moment. He has always inspired tremendous loyalty from his Sixth Form, especially the further mathematicians.
He joined Warren House in 1963. If I read out his sporting contributions to the school, you will wonder how he had time to teach. He has been in charge of tennis and badminton, taught life-saving at Stockport baths and has been greatly involved in chess.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to us, outside his teaching, has been the foundation of the Wasdale camps and traditions. On top of that he has been on seven trips to Corsica, has accompanied Mr Towers on a music tour of the USA and has sung in the school choir.
On behalf of the whole school, past and present, may I say –THANK YOU, Mr Swallow – you will be greatly missed.”