Favourite teachers remembered: your responses

25 Oct 2008

From Jamie Adam:

I read your latest excellent article on the 10th Teacher Awards, and immediately thought of my former Head and Form Master, Keith Ingram of the Dragon School in Oxford.

The eulogy at his Thanksgiving Service last year had strong shades of ‘Goodbye Mr. Chips’, but entirely appropriately.  The ethos and atmosphere of the Dragon School are pretty unique – it’s not many schools where masters’ nicknames are used openly by all – and ‘Inky’ was largely responsible for ensuring these survived for the modern generation.  It was very telling to see what a wide range of ages was present at the service, with people travelling from abroad to be there.

Extract from his memorial service:  
Another story Keith loved to relate had to do with the visit of one of her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools. During the lunch-hour Keith approached the Inspector and asked him when he intended to inspect him. The Inspector replied, “That will not be necessary headmaster, I was in the next-door classroom to you this morning!”


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