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NORMAN ELLIS

Norman Ellis

"I'll take this one"

I am sorry to announce the sad news that a former Senior Master, Mr Norman Ellis, passed away peacefully on 27th August 2016, aged 90.  Mr Ellis taught at Yarlet from 1951 until 1991 and his family would like the Yarlet community to be aware of the Thanksgiving Service and subsequent gathering at the Stone House Hotel, as follows:

Wednesday 21st September 2016

12:30pm – Thanksgiving Service, St John the Baptist at Barlaston

1:45 pm – Reception at Stonehouse Hotel, Stone. All will be most welcome.

We thought it would be appropriate to include an article that was written by a former Headmaster, David Carr, shortly after the retirement of Norman Ellis from Yarlet in 1991 and this is below:

N.E.

Norman Ellis came to Yarlet in September 1951, as Master in charge of Latin, 1st XI Football and Drawing (such newfangled subjects as Art not yet being on the timetable).  N.E. will be remembered by generations of Yarlet boys for the unfailingly high standards which he set.  He particularly relished the scholarly atmosphere of Form VI lessons in the Library, and generations of Yarlet Scholars owe much to him.  Any preps were collected and invariably marked by him, frequently well into the night, for re-distribution with suitable comments the following day.  His insistence on the highest possible standards of manners, behaviour and punctuality, was unswerving; not only in the classroom was this evident, but his 1st XI Soccer and VII Cricket teams were universally noted for their skills and multiple successes, and also for their sportsmanship and their immaculate turnout.  His little cricketers were invariably dressed in gleaming white boots and equally gleaming white pads.  When Mr Pinney retired, N.E. was immediately appointed Senior Assistant Master and in that post he displayed all the loyalty and hard work that one would have expected of him.  Of the many little jobs that he was asked to do, none was too much trouble; boys took it for granted that their pegs and their boot lockers and their wellington racks were always labelled and numbered; it was N.E. who did the bulk of the work as part of his day to day and term by term routine.

As years went by we all realised that he was a permanent bachelor, so we were astonished and delighted when, as a result of one or two educational cruises to classical places, he met and became engaged to Pat.  They were married in August, 1982, in Kent, and Yarlet Staff and Old Boys were well represented on that very happy occasion.  So at last he vacated his bachelor quarters next to Dorm 15 and went to live in Stone, commuting early in the morning and late in the evening, frequently by bus.  He did not allow this in any way to interfere with his more than fulltime duties at Yarlet, and in particular the Annual School Play received his very fullest attention.  As generations of boys will remember, his place was entirely behind the scenes in the literal sense of those words, and there he sat night after night controlling the curtains, controlling a wide variety of sound effects and indeed controlling the actors and actresses milling all around him.  It was typical of the man that he never sought the limelight, but everyone knew that a huge amount of the success of each of those  productions was due to him and so it was a very well merited tribute which was paid to Norman Ellis when Old Boys returned in vast numbers on the special O.Y. Day last July [1991], when his speech, which was notable for the total sincerity of the man, received thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

Like all the very best Schoolmasters, Norman Ellis made absolutely clear what he stood for, and equally clear what he would not stand for.  How very suitable that, having been for forty years a Pillar of Yarlet, he should in retirement become a Pillar of Stone.

D.N.C. 

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An excellent independent preparatory school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13

Set in beautiful Staffordshire countryside, Yarlet School is located beside the A34 between Stafford and Stone and is only 2 miles from the M6 motorway.  Yarlet offers a first class, all‑round education and is renowned for traditional values, small class sizes, high academic standards, unrivalled facilities and excellence in art, sport and music.  A welcoming family atmosphere is central to Yarlet life and parents often comment on the happy, smiling faces which greet them; our children enjoy coming to and being at school.

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