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In Memoriam: Remembering our friend and colleague, Stuart Morgan-Nash

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our great friend and colleague, Stuart Morgan-Nash, has died after a short illness. Stuart served as Headmaster of St Edward's Prep from 2015 to 2018.

I first met Stuart at the introduction of Guy Barrett, at the time Headmaster of Heywood Prep. Guy and Stuart had been colleagues and friends at Warminster Prep, where they had bonded over a shared passion for motorbikes. Our first interview was, in Stuart's words, "a bit unnerving" as Guy was also in the room, making helpful comments and chipping in with occasional observations. Despite these rather challenging circumstances, Stuart impressed with his passion for creating educational opportunities and his clarity of thinking. He had a clear desire to build something and bring people together. At the time we were looking for rising stars to add to our little black book and Stuart's name was duly added to the list.

It wasn't many months before I met Stuart again. If our first interview had been unnerving, the second was downright unusual. It was a weekend and we both had children in tow, so we met at an indoor play centre. While our children ran riot, we cautiously sipped revolting coffee while I outlined a senior leadership opportunity in one of our schools which I felt was right up his street. While Stuart ultimately decided this wasn't the right next step for his career we kept in touch, and when a few months later we were looking for a Head for St Edward's Prep, Stuart was my first call. We quickly struck a deal, and Stuart was set for his first Headship.

Stuart made an immediate impact at St Edward's, impressing colleagues, pupils and parents. A natural people person, Stuart took great pleasure in getting to know the whole school community, and could always be found greeting pupils at the gate at the start of the day, whatever the weather. Stuart took great pride in the achievements of his pupils and colleagues and was in his element when celebrating their successes. He brought great humour and compassion to his role, and loved the opportunity of bringing education to life by dressing up!

Dressing up

Stuart was hugely liked and respected by colleagues across the group and contributed greatly to regular Heads' meetings. Among the initiatives he championed was the launch of the Wishford Enterprise Award, collaborating with his former pupil Jordan Daykin. A huge motor racing fan, and former champion himself, Stuart was in his element when inspiring pupils with a love for engineering. A personal highlight was undoubtedly a visit to the Williams F1 factory - just look at that huge grin.

Utterly dedicated to his family, Stuart was delighted to have the opportunity to take up the Headship at Leehurst Swan School in September 2018, a move that brought him much closer to home. Stuart had so much to offer the school and to the world of education. 

He is sorely missed by colleagues and friends at St Edward's, and across the group. Our thoughts are with his family. 

Stuart

I hope you will enjoy this article from 2015, which profiled Stuart and his approach to leadership.

Sam Antrobus, December 2018.