Jolyon Waterfield Headmaster (1985-1997)
Jolyon left Edge Grove as a boy in 1946, to take his place, with a scholarship, at RNC Dartmouth and to begin what would be a 25-year career in the Royal Navy. In 1972, he and Sally moved back to Edge Grove, Sally to take over the ‘Headmaster’s wife’ role in the school and Jol to spend two years at a College of Education near Luton. In 1975, he joined the staff, following in his father’s footsteps, teaching Maths.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Edge Grove Headmaster Jolyon Waterfield who sadly and suddenly passed away at home on the 12th June. In 1985, on Jimmy Pratt’s retirement, he was appointed Headmaster by the governors, leading the school through twelve years of development - the new dining room with dormitories above, science building, Preprep, and had led the planning of the Jubilee building, Sports Hall and the development of the Theatre (Assembly Hall) and Music School around the Headmasters’ courtyard, a project that was completed in 2000, three years after his retirement to Wiltshire.
Memories of bedtime stories of campaign derring-do and ghosts, autumn bonfires and Sunday afternoon borders' sausage sizzles in Cub Wood abound but he, and Sally, will be most fondly remembered for the grace, humour and good manners with which they conducted their lives, both in and out of school, and for the interest in and care for all who were part of the Edge Grove community.
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