Cyril Norwood

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Sir Cyril M. Norwood (15 September 1875 - 13 March 1956) was an English educationalist who served as Headmaster of Bristol Grammar School and Harrow School as well as President of St John's College, Oxford.

Biography[edit]

The son of the Reverend Samuel Norwood, of Whalley, Lancashire, Norwood was educated at the Merchant Taylors' School and St. John's, Oxford. After passing the Home Civil Service exam, he joined the admiralty in 1899, but left in 1901 to pursue a career in education.

He was a classics master at Leeds Grammar School (1901–1906), before serving as Headmaster of Bristol Grammar School (1906–1916), the Master of Marlborough College (1917–1925), Headmaster of Harrow (1926–1934) and President of St John's, Oxford, from 1934-1946. After being appointed to chair a committee for R. A. Butler, the Minister of Education, Norwood and committee wrote a 151-page document entitled Curriculum and Examinations in Secondary Schools: Report of the Committee of the Secondary School Examinations Council Appointed by the President of the Board of Education in 1941. In 1943 they published the Norwood Report on secondary school education and some of its recommendations were subsequently adopted. In particular, the report led to the establishment of three kinds of secondary schools: grammar, technical, and secondary modern.[1]

During the Second World War he served on the Tribunal hearing cases of conscientious objectors. At this time he owned and lived at Trerose Manor in Cornwall. His son-in-law was the Rev C. B. Canning Headmaster of Canford.

As well as his role in education he also wrote an introduction for The British Encyclopaedia in 1933.

He retired to Iwerne Minster in Dorset where he died in 1956. He was married to Catherine Margaret Kilner in December 1901 and was knighted in 1937 for services to education.

A building is named after him as part of Bristol Grammar School's Elton Road Houses and is primarily used for the teaching of modern languages.

Norwood wrote the lyrics, in Latin, for Bristol Grammar School's song, Carmen Bristoliense, which is still sung today.

Academic offices
Preceded by
Lionel George Bridges Justice Ford
Head Master of Harrow School
1926-1934
Succeeded by
Paul Cairn Vellacott
Preceded by
Frederick William Hall
President of St John's College, Oxford
1933-1946
Succeeded by
Austin Lane Poole

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Joel D. Heck Irrigating Deserts: C. S. Lewis on Education, St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005, p. 157)