Fond farewell as head teacher retires after 37 years in education - The Rugby Observer

Fond farewell as head teacher retires after 37 years in education

Andy Morris 12th Jul, 2017   0

A FOND farewell took place at The Crescent School as its longstanding head teacher retired after 15 years at the helm.

Huw Marshall is stepping down and relocating to his native Wales with his wife Magda.

The Bilton-based school organised a special Welsh send-off – a celebration of culture called an ‘Eisteddfod’ – featuring speeches, music and poetry performed by pupils, and a special film put together by the Friends of Crescent in which pupils shared memories of their departing headmaster.

Huw was appointed headmaster in September 2002, having spent the previous 22 years teaching children of all ages in a number of other schools.




In 2010 Huw became an inspector with the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate, using his knowledge of teaching and schools to support the wider educational system.

Under his leadership in 2015, the school began a partnership with Nature Trails nursery to operate a nursery on the Crescent site which is flourishing, and to secure the school’s future in 2016 he was instrumental in the school’s merger with The Princethorpe Foundation.


In 2005, he also introduced the school promise – a Scout-style pledge (see below) which Huw says has become central to his philosophy.

When pushed for his fondest memory at The Crescent, he cites the time in 2008 when the Year 6 football team reached the National Finals of the English School’s Football Association Championship and played on the hallowed turf of Wembley.

Reflecting on his 37 years in education, Huw said: “It’s about enabling people to be the best they can be. From the youngest child to your most mature member of staff, you are there for them, to support them, to help them believe in themselves.”

He also wished his successor, Joe Thackway, well in his new role. He said: “I have always believed that teaching is about producing a happy child and I hope that Joe gets as much enjoyment out of this job as I have.”

Deputy Head Bryony Forth said: “Huw is highly thought of, he always has so much time for other people, listening to them and supporting and guiding, not only the children but also the parents and the staff of the school.”

Huw now faces a challenge he put on the back-burner some 37 years ago – namely a two year course with the Welsh Church that could lead to his ordination.

THE Crescent School promise (introduced by retiring Headmaster Huw Marshall in 2005):

“To become the best person I can be I promise to try to:

“Be kind and helpful, share with others, forgive others, be gentle, look after property, work hard, listen to people, be honest and not cover up the truth.”

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