James spent some time visiting schools in the North West of England last week. These included Birkenhead and the large secondary state school – Woodchurch, where James spoke to 550 pupils from years 10 and 11.
James received positive praise from the headmaster, Paul Vicars at Birkenhead:
“As ever, the best talks cause the listeners to pause and reflect long after the speaker has finished talking. One reflection of mine, from many, is that while you may not have been able to take up your dream HM job in 2012, you are now a ‘floating’ HM with the capacity to, in fact, influence more young lives than previously. Thank you once again from me, at a time in term when the personal compass needed a quick realignment to focus on the positives.”