Richard Dyson Former Headmaster of St Faith’s School (1989-2002)

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Richard Dyson, a dedicated educator and esteemed Headmaster of St Faith’s School in Cambridge from 1989 to 2002.

Richard Dyson attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Wakefield before pursuing his higher education at The University of Nottingham.

Richard’s illustrious career in education began at Highgate School in London, where he showcased a remarkable blend of academic, musical, and sporting talents. His passion for fostering holistic development in pupils led him to assume the role of Headmaster at Wellingborough Junior School, before embarking on a transformative journey at St Faith’s in 1989. He then moved to Bronte School in Kent as Headmaster from 2003 to 2014 and subsequently, he was a much-valued member of the School’s Advisory Board.

During his notable tenure at St Faith’s, Richard spearheaded a series of exciting developments that left an indelible mark on the school. The introduction of the new Pre Prep department, the move towards coeducation, and the inauguration of Ashburton Hall were among the many milestones achieved under his leadership. Richard’s vision and dedication to educational excellence contributed significantly to shaping the school’s character and identity. He embarked on everything that he did with a warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit that is remembered with great affection by so many of his former pupils and staff.

One of the remarkable moments during Richard Dyson’s time at St Faith’s was the hosting of the first reunion of Old Ashburtonians. In collaboration with the Revd Michael Harper, who had shared his St Faith’s schooldays at Ashburton in Devon during the Second World War, Richard brought together alumni in a celebration of shared memories and enduring connections.

Richard Dyson’s legacy extends far beyond the school gates of St Faith’s, contributing positively to the lives of countless pupils, colleagues, and the wider community. His commitment to nurturing not only academic achievements, but also the personal and cultural growth of those under his care, has left an indelible imprint on the school and the values it promotes.
During his time at St Faith’s, Richard said, “The humbling responsibility of being here, but for a short period of time in the long history of the school, is a thrilling experience. The school becomes a member of the family – a baby being taken through to adulthood, one hopes – but all the time it is important to remember that the school is bigger than any one individual”. Such was the humility of the man.

As we mourn the loss of a visionary educator, we also celebrate the generosity of Richard Dyson’s life—a life of vocation and service dedicated to shaping young minds and creating a nurturing environment for learning.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his wife Margie, their three children, Helen, Clare and Charles, their four grandchildren, Phoebe, Charlie, Harry and Wilfie and the rest of the Dyson family during this difficult time. May Richard Dyson rest in eternal peace.

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