In Loving Memory of

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Bryan Short

Many will remember Bryan as the Headmaster of Borden Grammar School where he was Headmaster for over 30 years, the longest serving headmaster of the school. He was always so passionate about education and helping people reach their academic potential. He made many lifelong friends at Borden and was held in the highest esteem by students, teachers and parents of pupils alike. Even after retiring he would always speak with great fondness regarding old boys and was always proud to hear of their achievements and success. 

Bryan was a larger than life character who left an impression on so many people he met. He will be greatly missed by so many, but he will live on by being remembered by all of us. 

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Laura

For the few years I knew Mr Short, he was always so welcoming and gentle. I had lunch many Friday afternoons with his Grandson, the stories he told and the advice he gave was always delightful to listen to. To the Jenkins family, I am sending my condolences, I am sure the last few months have been difficult.  I know how much you all loved and cared for him. To the Meadows family, again, my sincere condolences and I hope that as the strong family you all are, your guidance, support & love helps each other through the healing process. I pray for comfort for you all and I am sure your memories will be cherished forever. X  …

daughter of Ruth Bellord

My mother, Ruth Bellord, who worked at Borden Grammar as secretary for 25 years having started in about 1975, died this week on 23 June. Her years at Borden Grammar were among her happiest years, as she loved the atmosphere and camaraderie of the school. Her final 17 months were spent at a care home near me (Elizabeth, aka Bunt) near Cambridge. She had dementia and was very confused about her whereabouts, to such an extent that she thought she was back at Borden Grammar again. She had a great fondness for Bryan Short, and retired from the school at the same time that he also retired. I think she will be remembered for her organisational skills and wicked and irrerevant sense of humour, and that she cycled to school from Hartlip in all weathers. She was very grateful to Bryan Short for him appointing her as secretary at a difficult time in her life, and always spoke about his steady, gentle manner. Elizabeth Froy …

Robert Webb

As one of ‘Uncle Bryan’s’ first intake as he took control in 1968, I was privileged to attend a school led by a man who encouraged and inspired his pupils to be the best they could be. As a prefect I remember the Friday afternoon invitations to School House for afternoon tea and the (sometimes heated) discussions he initiated on Christianity and any number of subjects. For many of my generation the words Borden Grammar School and ‘Uncle’ Bryan Short will be inextricably linked. Rest peacefully, Sir. You did us proud. Thank you. …

Dan Holl

Bryan Short was an intelligent, dignified and generous-spirited headmaster who cared passionately about his school, its students and its staff. He created a calm, disciplined and dignified environment in which to work, whilst maintaining the atmosphere of a supportive family. The boys perceptively referred to him as “uncle Bryan” indicating the high esteem in which they held him. He had a positive influence on so many lives, both pupils and staff, and I am so grateful to him for the guidance that he gave me. …

Paul holton

Poem in remembrance of Mr Short…   Tobacco smoke wafting down the hall, We all stand to attention and humbly nod our heads: “Good day sir!” All had the utmost respect for him.   Clacking shoes approach down the hall, We dash away hoping not to get caught: “Come here boy! What are you up to?” Nothing went unnoticed… He expected only the best.   Quietly and confidently he walked down the hall, We work hard and strive ever onward to improve: “Nitere Porro!” He took great pleasure in seeing Bordenians achieve.   Serenely and faithfully he strode down the hall, We bow our heads in prayer and sing hymns of praise: “Guide me o thou great redeemer!” His faith and godly wisdom felt by all.   Rest in peace Sir.   …

John Paine

It was an honour to have known and worked with Bryan for 21 years. His calm, dignified but friendly manner and his steadfast pursuit of excellence made Borden Grammar not only a high achieving school but also a very ordered and happy place to work. He valued all pupils and staff as individuals and strove for them to reach their full potential as “home-grown” talent and was instrumental in developing a “family atmosphere” at Borden. He maintained a number of traditions and valued tried-and-tested educational methods, rejecting un-proven “fads”, but he was also keen to embrace new ideas and technologies where the benefits were clear. I will remember Bryan as a Headmaster and role model of the highest order and will be eternally grateful for the opportunities he gave me. …

Simon Robbins

It was a privilege to be both a pupil and a member of staff with Bryan at the helm. He was a great influence on so many pupils and is remembered fondly by so many. He had Borden in his heart and was the heart of Borden for so many years.  …

Keith Groom

Such sad news. Mr Short was an exemplary headmaster of BGS. Forever in my memory will be his sound morale character, caring and calm manner and his strong presence around the school. From my heart I thank you for the opportunity you gave to me twenty five years ago. RIP. …

John Howell

Wise, fair, thoughtful, a good listener, supportive at all times. Bryan was my ‘Boss’ for twenty-nine years, the major part of my teaching career. It was a privilege to work with him and to share his values and aspirations for all at Borden Grammar School. He forged a family-style community where each member felt valued and cared about individually, whatever their role. I shall always remember the many lunchtime chats I had with Bryan, on a very wide range of topics. He was The Boss, and also a good and trusty friend. …

Neil Ranger

Such sad news. I was a pupil at BGS between ’83 and’ 88 and had the absolute pleasure to be directly taught by Uncle B while doing my RS A level. Many an hour was spent sweltering in his office, fire crackling away and Mr Short smoking his pipe.  Mr Short said that I had a “high capacity for fun” and regularly addressed me as a loveable rogue in my “fancy pants which I didn’t get at the Quartermaster’s store”. When he wasn’t doing that he was chastising me for drinking “out of a tin” at lunchtime as this was not done by young gentlemen. Mr Short was a credit to his profession and his dedication and pride in BGS and its pupils touched and changed so many lives for the better, mine definitely included. Very well done sir.  …