History revealed of Assistant Master, 1928-45
Our Stamford Schools’ Archivist, Mr James Buckman, has revealed the history of Stamford School’s Assistant, and later Second, Master – Rev. T. Wright – who worked at the Schools from 1928-1960.
Thomas Smith Wright was born in Dunbartonshire, Scotland on 9th May 1878. He grew up in Yorkshire where he was educated at Carlton High School, Bradford. Attending St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, he earned a first class honours degree in the French section of the modern language Tripos. Following this, Thomas spent three years working at Loughborough Grammar School before he moved to Stamford School in 1928.
Time at Stamford
In 1933, Thomas was ordained and became Curate at St George’s, Stamford. Nine years later, he was appointed Rector of Little Casterton. At Stamford School, Thomas served as housemaster for School House, and was head of the modern language department – teaching the whole Senior School.
G.W. Walker (OS 1926-33) recalled that Thomas was ‘an excellent French language teacher’. He was particularly keen on oral French and French Literature.
After the Second World War, he was appointed the Second Master.
A born schoolmaster interested in ‘nearly every side of school life’, Thomas gave two or three sermons every year in the chapel which ‘were always enjoyed for their brevity, their clarity and their sincerity’. He contributed to the music of the School, and had an enthusiasm for sports. In particular, he enjoyed a good game of cricket – the photograph we have shared from 1946 depicts him seated with the Under 14 XI. By that time, Thomas would have been in his late sixties, but he was always ‘so young in spirit and activity’ that many were surprised to learn his actual age.
Despite his age, and learning from his doctors that he had a weak heart, Thomas had no intention of retiring from his job. He maintained his role at the School until his death on 5th September 1960 at the age of 82. He left behind a widow and a daughter.
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