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. 

Book Owner: Vicky Meadows
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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Saull White

Such sad news. As a pupil under Mr Short he was a disciplined and fair Headmaster with the school and the pupils best wishes and future development at heart.  An inspiring and clever man who allowed boys to develope into men with guidence and installing all the virtues we needed for life.  Sadly missed.  …

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Dr. Reginald Silverside

Under his leadership the school was a haven of civilised behaviour and a pleasure to work in.  This cannot be said for most schools today.  He was a kind and decent man.  RIP Bryan. …

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Matthew Chase

Bryan had a significant impact on my life as I’m sure he had on many boys. moral compass pointing true north, dedicated to helping young men on their journey to lifelong learning.   …

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Scott Beaumont

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr Short. His integrity, high standards, and pride – in the school, its staff and its pupils – set such a powerful example for many. I recall him fondly and am grateful for my experience at the school under his care and leadership.     …

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Neil Redmond

Mr Short ( Bryan) has had a magical effect on my life. He gave me my first teaching job in Borden where I worked from 1976-1985. The atmosphere in the school was friendly, supportive and enjoyable under his leadership and i felt very much part of a community with both other dtaff members and …

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Neil Castle

I am very sad to hear of the passing of my Grammar School Headmaster Mr Short. I was a student at Borden Grammar School from 1975 to 1980. My memories of Mr Short are of someone truly dedicated to making the school, and the students within, as exceptional as they could be. I truly …

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Stephen Davey

Sorry to here of your passing. My sons all attended Borden and your induction speech was welcoming, engaging and humorous. …

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Alan Jerram

Very sorry to hear of Mr Short’s passing. I have very fond memories of Borden back in the mid 80s and loved his passion for education and how the school was run. He was always very encouraging of all the boys and so proud of our achievements. …

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David Crombie

Sad to hear of Mr Shorts passing. As many people have said in these postings, my time at Borden and the opportunities provided changed my life. I am sure that Mr Short – Uncle Brian – was greatly responsible for the atmosphere in the school and the     way all of us were …

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Ben Elliott-Hill

A man of great faith. Both me, and my brother before me, were at Borden Grammar when Mr. Short was Headmaster (indeed, I was there when he retired). I always loved Prize-giving Day because he made it so any boys who were confirmed could attend a Holy Communion service at a local church in …

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Barbara Macrae

When my husband,  John Macrae,  was ill with cancer, and after he passed away, he was regularly, on the phone, asking how as I coping. John had worked with him for many years, and never had a bad word about Bryan.  Lovely evenings spent with him, and his wife, all very relaxed.  A gentle, …

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John and Beryl Gibbard

As parents, we are forever grateful our sons attended BGS under the leadership of Bryan Short. An exemplary head, firm, fair, patient,  always having the best interests of the school and pupils at heart. Our sincere condolences to his family. …

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Peter Martin

I’d like to offer my condolences. I had a great deal of respect for Mr. Short.  I was a scruffy long-haired deviant when I arrived at Borden Grammar School.  I got into various bad books.  After being suspended (over a Friday afternoon and weekend, bless BGS) for punching Michael Cheney, Mr. Short called me …

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Kevin Herbert

RIP Mr Short My parents fought to get me into Borden, desperate to get me out of SCC. I can honestly say, you and your staff turned my life around and prepared me for relative success in my working life. For that I will be eternally grateful, even though you suspended me and several …

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John Moore

I remember Mr. Short very well from when he first arrived at BGS. It was through his hard work that I got through my O level maths which served me well in my service career . Rest in Peace Sir. Job satisfactorily done and condolences to the family. Stand Easy. …

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Philip Rayner

I remember Mr Short very clearly. I was at Borden from 71-78. I remember a strict man but a fair one. He taught us about respect for ourselves and others. My condolences to the family and may he rest in peace …

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Pam Cook

I was a cleaner at Borden grammar school.RIP Bryan. My thoughts are with your family …

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