Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Oratory head is the best

THE headmaster of the Oratory School in Woodcote has won an award.

THE headmaster of the Oratory School in Woodcote has won an award.

Clive Dytor, who has held the post since 2000, was presented with the Tatler prize for the best headmaster of an independent school.

He collected the trophy at the magazine’s schools awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, which he attended with his wife Sarah, personal assistant Sue Waghorn, school publicist Linda Coupland, head boy Mani Quirante-Gomez and sixth-former Florian Gemmingen.

The awards were launched 10 years ago and all independent schools are automatically entered. Each school is asked to nominate another in a range of categories and all nominations are anonymous.

Mr Dytor, 56, said: “I didn’t know I had won but they sent me an email the week before saying they thought it was really important that I came this year.

“They asked Sue and Linda to send in a photograph of me but didn’t tell me that. When the winner’s name came up there was a picture of my ugly mug on the screen — it was a complete shock. Amazingly, there are obviously a lot of people out there who like me.

“We’ve gone to the awards every year for the past 10 years and you always hope you will win something. This reflects very well on the school.”

Mr Dytor began his career in the Royal Marines and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the Falklands War. After completing his service, he trained as a priest and became chaplain of Tonbridge School. He then served as a housemaster at St Edward’s School in Oxford before joining The Oratory.

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