We are pleased to learn the news that RGS former Mathematics teacher, Howard Groves has been awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List. His citation reads “Member, Senior Mathematical Challenge Problems Group and Member, UK Mathematics Trust Challenges Sub Trust. For services to Education”.
Howard taught Mathematics at RGS from 1982 until his retirement in 2011 and has been credited with introducing Computer Studies to the School, becoming Head of Department for this subject.
Howard’s son Gareth (1988-96) was Head Boy in his year group and his daughter Jenny read Maths at Merton College, Oxford.
As well as all he did for pupils throughout his time at RGS, Howard has been Chairman of the Junior Mathematical Challenge (JMC) and Intermediate Mathematical Challenge (IMC) problems group for the past 19 years. In addition to this, he has led the Senior Mathematical Challenge for ten years. During this period, more than two million pupils from Years Seven to Eleven have sat the papers for which Howard was ultimately responsible. His role with JMC/IMC is entirely voluntary and when we spoke he was quick to point out modestly that the success of these ventures was due to the talented team of teachers with whom he works and leads.
As well as his love of Maths, countless RGS pupils have benefitted from Howard’s coaching in Cross Country running and Athletics where he formed a great partnership with former teacher, Mike Ridout.