School in mourning for teacher found dead at home

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STAFF and pupils at a city high school have told of their shock after a teacher was found dead.

The body of Jacquie McCloskey, who taught physics at St Thomas of Aquins High School, was discovered on Thursday morning.

It is understood that the teacher – described by bosses as fun and imaginative – had taken her own life.

Headteacher Thomas Hughes held an assembly at the school yesterday, when he broke the devastating news to 750 pupils who were then allowed to go home.

Floral tributes have since piled up at the school and outside Ms McCloskey’s classroom.

In a letter to parents, Mr Hughes wrote: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Miss Jacquie McCloskey, a science and physics teacher in the school for many years, has died.

“Many pupils have developed a love for physics and science through Jacquie’s imaginative and fun lessons and she had a particular gift for forming positive relationships with pupils who found it difficult in school.

“She will be missed very much and, while we are shocked and saddened by her untimely death, we pray for her eternal rest and keep her family in our thoughts and prayers as well. Appropriate support will be available for staff and pupils who may feel they would benefit from it.”

It is understood that members of staff had tried to get in touch with Ms McCloskey after she failed to turn up for work.

After failing to make contact, police attended Miss McCloskey’s home in Pilton, where they found the teacher’s body.

Neighbours at the new development of flats said that they had seen several black police cars outside the building early on Thursday morning, but were unaware of what had happened.

Pupils took to Twitter shortly after hearing the news to post tributes to the teacher.

One wrote: “Shocked and upset, would have never passed Higher physics without her. RIP Ms McCloskey.”

Another said: “Rest in peace to Jacqueline McCloskey. She was a cool teacher and a great buddy.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh attended at an address in Arneil Drive on Thursday, December 10, where the body of a woman was found within.

“There appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding this death. However, inquiries are ongoing and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A city council spokesman said Jacquie had taught at St Thomas of Aquins High School for ten years.

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