Soham Grammarians - Mr BJA Neill MA BSc (Oxon.) FRGS, Headmaster 1930-39

Soham Grammarian Summer 1939

We are very sorry we are losing the services of our Headmaster at the end of this term, but we heartily congratulate him on his appointment as Headmaster of Farnborough Grammar School, Hampshire. We wish him, Mrs Neill and Brigid every happiness there. His new school has about 350 boys, and we sincerely hope it will provide a wider field for his energies and abilities.

During his tenure of office here (1930-39) the School has very considerably increased in size, and among many fine achievements during the last nine years, the first Open Scholarship* to Cambridge in the history of the School was won.

We are sure he will not forget us; we shall be delighted to see him again at any time he cares to visit us. We wish him every success in his new post.

from the 1935 School photo

from the 1937 School photo

[* In December 1938 DG Dosh Ashby was awarded a Rhonnda Open Major Science Scholarship of 100 a year at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, going up in October 1939.]

From a 1930s School Prospectus:
Head Master :
BJA.NEILL, MA (Hons), BSc (Research), Oxon, FRGS
Senior Science Master, Royal Grammar School, Colchester, 1923-1924.
Senior Science Master, Wellington School, Somerset, 1924-1930.

Mr Neill provided information used in the Spens Report of 1938, on Secondary education with special reference to grammar schools and technical high schools.

14 Nov 2007: Wilkes Walton 36: I have no idea what BJA's forenames were, and I don't think we had a nickname for him. He was Irish. To tell the truth I don't think anyone much liked him. I remember he used he used to call us "silly arses/asses". Mr Johnson was Acting Head in between Neill and Stanley Stubbs.

Signature image courtesy of Fred Eden 44
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