Derek Moore


Derek Moore – Acting headteacher of MGS 1972-74

Derek Moore Died peacefully on 9th October 2016. Husband of the late June Moore and former Head of Byng Kenrick Central School and Acting Head/Deputy Head of Moseley Grammar School 1972-74.

Derek Moore was Deputy Head when Mr Gaskin retired and as the Local Authority had decided on re-organisation of the education system from 1974 Mr Moore was asked to act as Head to prepare for amalgamation and until permanent appointments could be made

Teaching at Moseley Grammar School under Mr Gaskin had been challenging, rewarding and pleasurable, so it was not surprising that some members of staff and many parents had some misgivings about the radical changes proposed. However, most teachers realised that these changes were inevitable, and true professionals that they were, they set about preparing themselves to serve the interests of all the pupils who would make up the new school. Mr Moore refused to lend his name to those parents and others who opposed the changes, pointing out that the derogation of comprehensive education could only demoralise pupils, staff and parents of the new school.

For the next two years Derek Moore and his staff worked with Mr Wilford and his staff to prepare as best they could for the changeover in 1974.

Derek then moved to the Headship of Byng Kenrick Central School. He took retirement in 1986 and lived in Solihull where he enjoyed close contact with his family (three daughters and four grandchildren), some gardening, bridge, golf (occasionally with John Reid) and a little work – marking GCSE for Oxford and Cambridge Board.

Our condolences go to his daughters Sian, Clare and Lynne, and Grandchildren Ella, Jessica, Bethany and Stan.