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Sir Roger Young, headmaster – obituary

Sir Roger Young

Sir Roger Young, who has died aged 93, became, at 34, one of the youngest headmasters in the country when he was appointed principal of George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, in 1958, having served during the war as a Royal Navy navigation officer, service for which he was appointed to the Légion d’honneur last year.

Young, who remained at George Watson’s until his retirement in 1985, oversaw the amalgamation of George Watson’s College and George Watson’s Ladies’ College to form one co-educational school, yet he was an unconventional educationist in that he passionately believed that the most valuable educational experiences are often to be found outside the classroom. 

In 1962 he introduced S3 Projects, which made two weeks of residential outdoor education available to all Watson’s pupils.

The project continues to this day and numerous Watson’s pupils remember their fortnight in the country,...

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