It is with much sadness that we announce the death of Derek Robson (83) who served as Culford’s Headmaster from 1971 until 1992. He was born in Birmingham, attended Kingswood School, Bath, and graduated from Queen’s College, Cambridge. He took up a series of teaching appointments at the City of Norwich School, Wymondham College as well as Carnegie College and School of Physical Education, Leeds, before heading the Culford staff.
His 21-year term of office was during a major modernising phase of the establishment, during which time it became the first Direct Grant School in the UK to become co-educational. This was part of the amalgamation with the East Anglian School for Girls which occupied Culford’s former premises in Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmunds. The creation of new boarding houses, premises for teaching and playing-fields for sport had to be undertaken and was his responsibility.
After leaving Culford, he became Educational Secretary for the Methodist Church and Secretary of the Board of Management, a London-based position which took him to many parts of the country with its 57 voluntary-aided primary schools, nine member- and three affiliated-schools. When retirement came, he and Barbara settled in north Norfolk where he lived an active life until the onset of Alzheimer’s several years ago.
He leaves a widow, Barbara; children, Helen, Mark and Simon, together with their married partners; and nine grandchildren. There will be a private family cremation followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at 14.45 on Monday 29 April at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Sheringham.
Words by John Humphries.