Keith Howard, Headmaster of Queen Mary's Grammar School 1979-1995
Throughout my seven years at QMGS, Mr Howard led the old school with a quiet expectation of hard work and excellence from the whole school community.
Whether striding the corridors with his gown billowing, or at his desk beyond the red & green office traffic lights “the Boss” was always a term of deep respect from both the teachers and boys (& girls) built upon a willingness to live the life that would lead to success.
A brilliant linguist, I will always remember ending up in a second-year bottom French set, taught by KGH, initial fear soon turning to hope as the patient Mr Howard supported our efforts, despite his evident effortlessness. It is such a testament to his teaching skills that he was able to understand the struggles of the beginner. Runour has it that he was fluent in 9 languages, but I cannot recall KGH ever taking a top, or easier, set.
Keith Howard’s legacy will be generations of students who have gone out into a changing world with the aspirations to excel, the work ethic to strive and the skills to adapt.
From the Midlands to the Mawddach…
Quas dederis solas semper habebis opes