Tribute paid to headteacher

THE headmaster who oversaw the transition to co-education at Wisbech Grammar School and saved the institution by leading it into the independent sector has died.

Dr Douglas Anderson, who was headmaster from 1967 until his retirement in 1988, supervised the amalgamation of the boys’ grammar school on South Brink with Wisbech High School and the relocation of the grammar school to the North Brink site, and resisted the attempt by the county to turn the school into a comprehensive.

Dr Anderson believed that it would have been a travesty for the school and depriving local children of a grammar school style education.

At the funeral service at Mintlyn Crematorium in King’s Lynn, Grammar School headmaster Nicholas Hammond said: “Dr Anderson was a scholar, a teacher, a leader and a gentleman.

“His name will live long in the memory of the school that he championed and its presence on North Brink should be regarded as a lasting tribute to a man who believed with a fierce passion that all children who deserve an academic education should receive one.”