Saturday, 27 February 2021

Head decides to quit after walking old pilgrims’ trail

THE headmaster of the Oratory School in Woodcote has decided to retire after completing a 560-mile hike for charity.

Clive Dytor, 57, will leave the independent school at the end of the current academic year in July.

The former Royal Marine, who holds a Military Cross for bravery during the Falklands War, was appointed 14 years ago. He had been a Church of England priest and chaplain at Tonbridge School before converting to Catholicism. He served as a housemaster at St Edward’s School in Oxford before moving to the Oratory.

He decided to step down after walking the Camino Francés, an ancient Catholic pilgrimage trail that crosses the Pyrenees and Lyonnais mountains, as part of a three-month career sabbatical.

The walk starts at Saint-Jean-Pied-du-Pont in France then crosses into Spain, finishing at St James’ reputed burial place in Santiago de Compostela.

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