Bob Bowes

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Bob Bowes Born Robert Wm Bowes is an English actor. His only film is the classic 1969 film Kes.[1] Bob Bowes played the headmaster Mr Gryce in the film about a young Barnsley lad who trains a young kestrel.


Robert Bowes was in fact Headmaster of Ashton Road Secondary Modern School, Ashton Road, Castleford. The school has since been renamed to the Henry Moore middle school. Up to appearing in the film Kes he was a teacher by profession and was Headmaster still in the late 1960s. His portrayal in the film reflected the gritty reality of a Secondary Modern education, and his acting in Kes has been described as an accurate depiction of life in northern pit towns.


  1. ^ Leigh, Jacob (2002). The cinema of Ken Loach: art in the service of the people. Wallflower Press. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-903364-31-4. Retrieved 17 August 2010.