Preparatory Dept teacher


Keith Smith was appointed straight from Westminster Training College to take charge of Form 1, the Prep Dept, a task he continued until its abolition in the late 1950’s. Noted for qualities of patience, kindness and understanding, which ideally suited him for his responsibilities with the younger boys, he was also recognised as a keen battler for their rights.

In earlier days he contributed to Devonshire House sporting activities and trained the First Aid Section of the Cadet Corps. During the War he accepted the post of second in command of the Corps. He was held in great affection by both boys and his staff colleagues; he spent all his 45 teaching years in the School, always in the background, quiet, self-effacing, straightforward and reliable but intolerant of humbug.