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Former Head of English Chris Mead

11 Oct 2023
Written by Hamble Russell

Chris Mead was brought up in Wiltshire and then studied for his degree in London. After teaching practice in Norfolk he came to AGS in September 1968 to teach English.

He proved to be a very skilled practitioner and worked hard to achieve high standards from all his pupils. Mr. Mead was also a Tutor for Phillips House and a keen cricketer.

After several years he went back to a Grammar School in Norfolk where he taught English. However, AGS realised that they had lost an excellent teacher and an opportunity arose for him to return as Head of the English Department.

In this post he worked with dedication to establish a skilful and committed team of teachers. Standards in English were particularly high with consistently good examination results. Chris always led from the front, often taking the most difficult classes himself. 

In the staffroom, Chris was a popular colleague whose fund of stories always served to raise morale. The theatre trips which he organised were much appreciated by staff as well as pupils. On the cricket pitch he was a good team member often turning out for the AGS Staff team. In Phillips House his Christmas Assemby was a much awaited treat each year.

When the Pastoral Team in the school was expanded Mr. Mead was an obvious choice to take charge of the Lower Sixth. 

Chris remained a source of wisdom in the staffroom giving generously of his time to assist his colleagues and dispensing his humour with largesse. Once he had decided to hang up his cricket boots he turned his attention to golf, becoming a stalwart of staff teams and golfing days.

Chris enjoyed his retirement since leaving AGS in 1999 and he sadly lost his battle with Parkinson's earlier this year. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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