It has been my great privilege to serve as Headmaster at Abbotsholme School since 2003. I have, however, decided that the time has come to retire and I will do so at the end of this academic year.
Throughout my time it has been a great pleasure to have served our school community and to share the values that underpin an Abbotsholme education. The School is very dear to my heart and I have seen a great deal of change; the site has certainly improved with, for example, the growth of the Prep School, the development of the Pre-Prep and Nursery and the Sixth Form cabins for independent living, the Snell building and, most recently, the synthetic pitch. The School now offers a roots to wings opportunity for the academic, social, physical and moral development of its students and I am immensely proud of everything that Abbotsholme stands for in offering a true education for life.
I would like to share with you four aspects of School that I think you will be interested in:
New Chapel Seating
Some time ago, we had an amusing incident in one Chapel service. One of the chairs creaked and eventually gave way, sending a member of staff sprawling across the Chapel floor. After dignity and decorum were restored, the service continued. On leaving, one Year 11 (5th Form) pupil said to me that this was the “best Chapel ever!” (I am aware that there have been more exciting Chapel services in Abbotsholmian history, but I did not wish to correct him!).
It seems, in some ways, strange to be addressing you as President instead of Secretary of the Abbotsholmians’ Club and yet I know that I am still talking to the many friends and acquaintances that I made during my seventeen years as Secretary, never mind the hundreds upon hundreds of Abbotsholmians who I taught or tried to teach during my 39 years on the Staff at the School. It has been a privilege to have addressed you over the years with news of the School, the Club and my general thoughts and ramblings. Now I have the enormous honour to be President of the Club and to represent you as we face further challenges regarding our raison d’être, our methods of communicating with our members and our relationship with other bodies.