Mr R. B. Graham, Head 1928-38

Valete, KES Magazine December 1938

The Head

R. B. Graham, M.A. Headmaster, 1928 - 1938.

ON the last day of last term we were told that this term was to be Mr. Graham's last as Headmaster of K.E.S.; he had been offered, and had accepted, the Headmastership of Bradford Grammar School.

A cursory survey of the last eleven years leaves the impression that there is no side of the School's life that cannot record definite advance. Exhaustive comment would not be decorous at this moment, but the future historian will, we hope, remember to credit Mr. Graham's term of office with record achievements in the scholastic field and some equally notable football seasons; with an increased awareness in the Upper School of national and international affairs and opportunities for international experience and friendships; with progressive adaptation of time-tables and curriculum with the object of finding the right mental diet for every boy; with the acquisition of a new Swimming Bath and a new junior School; with a busy hum of sociable and educative "activities"; and with a lead towards something more than formality in our corporate religious exercises.

We wish Mr. and Mrs. Graham all the happiness and good fortune that Bradford has in its power to bestow.

We look forward to welcoming, in due course, our new Headmaster, Dr. A. W. Barton—alumnus of Nottingham High School, science scholar and first class honours man of Trinity College, Cambridge, M.A. of Cambridge, B.Sc. and Ph.D. of London, Chief Physics Master of Repton School. When we add that Dr. Barton is an athlete of distinction and well known in the Football Association as a referee of the first rank, it will be clear that we have grounds for confidence in the Education Committee's choice.

[KES Mag SPRING 1957]

Mr. RICHARD B. GRAHAM, Headmaster from 1928 to 1938, and later of Bradford Grammar School, had kept up his connection with us by several visits to school services and functions, and by many less generally known personal contacts and kindnesses. His death on 12th February, 1957, only shortly after his retirement from Bradford, curtailed a period of leisure (if leisure could ever be associated with such an energetic personality) which should have prolonged his active contributions to the cause of education and the country—especially the Lakeland country which was his special care. His term as our Headmaster was a period of change, and sometimes of uneasiness, on the administrative side, but internally he guided and inspired the School with high purpose and a genial humanity.