It is with great sadness that we announce the death on 27 December 2018 of John Reader Blackton MBE, principal founder of Derby Grammar School.
It was owing to his experience and expertise in education as a Fellow of the Woodard Corporation that he was the driving force in opening the school at the Rykneld Road site in Littleover in 1995 and his memory lives on in the form of Blackton House, so entitled as to honour all that John did for us.
We will be forever grateful and indebted to him for his generosity of spirit, benevolence and vision. He will be remembered fondly by
governors, staff, alumni and pupils. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our thanks to his widow, Joan, whose support of her husband’s work has been invaluable.
This link shows an interesting article on John’s work, for which he received his MBE.https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=iV2SQLnHyJcC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=john+blackton+mbe&source=bl&ots=1eqPknijR0&sig=_TtYtN6pLSsJw0-dtFpA8WPUfik&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjjqJ3hzMzfAhWZSBUIHWjwBjYQ6AEwCHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=john%20blackton%20mbe&f=false
Early December 2018 saw your three OD archivists enjoying a meal and a pint during their Christmas lunch get together. Usually meeting informally approximately three times a year future strategy is discussed and planned for the following year, so that each particular specialist can add their expertise where needed.
For example the recently completed research about Percy Heylyn Currey (1875 to 1882) who as architect was chosen to design and supervise the construction of the School Chapel has been placed onto the new website for all to read and enjoy. If you wish to see IT working at its very best this new site is a must. (The pages actually turn on your click!)
Shown on the accompanying photograph taken at their working lunch are from left to right -Maurice Cass (1961-1966), Barrie Sheard (1945-1950) and Andrew Polkey (1961-1966)
It goes without saying your support in recording the school’s very long history by submission of old B&W photographs, leaflets, memorabilia of all sorts (Cadet Corps, School Sports Colours, old copies of ‘The Derbeian’, souvenirs, diaries, school reports or similar) are always welcome.
If so could they let us know the possible links between Derby School and the School Chapel?