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A fond farewell to a much loved Headmaster

Published Tuesday 5th of July 2016 02:50:46 PM

From a love of music to a penchant for Twiglets – much has been remembered over the last few weeks of the man that is ‘Mr Alan Browning’. The children of The Blue Coat School have been paying tribute to their retiring headmaster in a number of thanksgiving assemblies and sharing in a whole school picnic, complete with cake-cutting and speeches! Alan Browning first joined Blue Coat in 1982 as Director Music. A Cambridge music graduate, he has brought much to the creative side of the School, and its reputation has grown far and wide for the many talented musicians that have been nurtured and taught at Blue Coat. A magnificent Festival Concert, held at the Adrian Boult Hall in May, was a fitting way to mark Alan’s retirement. It saw the massed choirs of Pre-Prep and Prep join together with staff, Old Boys and Girls, and the Choral Society, to perform ‘Train up a child in the way he should go’, an original Browning composition inspired by the words that can be found engraved under the statue of the first Blue Coat Boy at the School’s entrance. From Director of Music, Alan moved first to the post of Deputy Head/Director of Studies, and then on to that of Headmaster, the role to which he has dedicated himself for the last 18 years. In his time, Alan has supervised the transition of Blue Coat from a boarding and day community to a thriving Day Preparatory School for 2 to 11 year olds; he has overseen the construction of new buildings, and raised the Blue Coat’s academic performance to new heights. All this has been effected whilst maintaining the special sense of family which touches all those who work and study at Blue Coat. Alan leaves an amazing legacy for his appointed successor, Mr Noel Neeson, and he will be greatly missed. The whole Blue Coat community wishes him, and his wife Helen, all health and happiness as they begin their retirement.
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