St Peter's 13-18
Guy Shuttleworth 1926-2021
An appreciation by Michael Ranson (1960)
Guy joined the staff at St. Peter’s in September 1957 from Mill Hill school to teach mathematics. He was born in Blackburn Lancashire and had a very distinguished school career at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Blackburn winning a scholarship to Kings College Cambridge.
He was a brilliant sportsman and won a double blue at Cambridge at Cricket and Soccer and played for the University for three years between 1946 and 1948. He played Soccer for Corinthian Casuals and was in the team that played in the Amateur Cup Final at Wembley in 1956 against Bishop Auckland. (Attendance 84,000!!!) He also won an England cap in 1949 He played cricket for a number of clubs He was in the Lancashire 2nd Xl when they won the championship in 1946, played in the Lancashire league from 1944 to 1950 and subsequently played for the MCC and the Free Foresters amongst others.
When he arrived in York, he received a letter from Sam Bartram the York City manager asking him if he would play for York City. on a part time basis!! He politely refused as he wanted to focus on his teaching career and so devoted the rest of his life to teaching pupils at St Peter’s How lucky we all were.!!!
I was one of the first of many of his pupils, to benefit from his enthusiastic teaching. Full of fun and encouragement, but an insistence on hard work and discipline. He was subsequently Head of Maths for a number of years and responsible for developing and modernising the curriculum.
Guy, of course, took an active part in the sporting life of the school especially coaching the younger generation in all sports including Rugby. The round ball game was not really appreciated in the 50’s at St. Peter’s but Guy could play and coach all different sports. There is evidence that, when he was at Mill Hill, he experimented with kicking a Rugby ball with his instep and that he could kick it as far and as accurately as the traditional way. It was only years later that this method was adopted as the norm throughout the game!
He also contributed hugely to all aspects of school life and in the Common Room. He was Housemaster in Queens for 4 years in the 1960’s and then the Manor 1969 to 91 and there follows an appreciation from Kevin McCarter and Andrew Beadnall who were pupils during his time there.
One of the reasons Guy came up to York was to be close to Tanya who he had met sometime earlier. It was well worth the move as they have enjoyed 62 year of a wonderful married life. She was involved in all aspects of life at St. Peter’s and supported him throughout, his career especially in the Manor. Guy had two children who attended St Peter’s, Neil and Sally. His grandson is Ben Chilwell who plays for Chelsea and England.
Guy and Tanya introduced and ran the very successful Community Services activity which benefited many local elderly and handicapped people and helped to inculcate the ideals of Service into the School. Subsequently he and Tanya were both heavily involved in fund raising for so many worthwhile causes.
Despite his huge successes Guy was forever modest, never forgot his roots, and was always true to his principles, of equality and fairness founded on his strong Christian faith.
My abiding memory of Guy was when I invited him to Test matches at Old Trafford with David Kirby and after lunch he always disappeared for a few minutes. Where was he? He had stepped into the kitchens to thank the kitchen staff personally for the meal.
He was a true gentleman and an example to all who knew him.
Guy Shuttleworth – An Appreciation: Andrew Beadnall (Manor 1973)
My greatest good fortune as a boarder in Manor was having Guy Shuttleworth as Housemaster and Tan as his wonderful ‘consort’. The very fact that it will soon be 48 years since I left St. Peter’s and I am now honouring the memory of this great man speaks volumes of the impact he had not only on my life from 1969-1973 but also all of those lucky enough to have Guy as their Housemaster.
In the early 1970’s boarding school life was a much different harder place than today’s more relaxed times. Guy whilst always commanding great respect from the boys in the House was incredibly fair and approachable to all and the tremendous pride Guy and Tan held for Manor was instilled in us all.
Guy oversaw an exceptionally well run House with a strong duty of care to all the boys. In a boarding House of 60 aged from 13 to 18 there had to be rules to be followed and whilst these were adhered to Guy allowed the boys more individual freedom as we progressed from being a junior in the 3rd form to upper sixth. I can recall asking Guy in my final year for permission on some occasions to leave Manor and visit the school library or another House when I’m sure he knew we were heading to the ‘Old Gray Mare’ on Clifton Green! All of us however knew not to take advantage of Guy’s inherent fairness. That easy smile could quickly change to a steely glare!
Guy and Tan created and encouraged a homely atmosphere for their boys organising House parties and suppers for individual years in their private quarters. Recalling all of this now it was no wonder that all the other boarders at St. Peter’s wished they were in Manor!
Guy was the perfect school and Housemaster and I am sure all of us who knew him will mourn his passing and always remember him with thanks and great affection for making our years at St. Peter’s so fulfilled and happy. RIP Guy.
Snapshot of Guy Shuttleworth from the Class of 1969-74 - Kevin McCarter (1974)
Michaelmas Term 1969 and Guy Shuttleworth stood before us in the table tennis room we used for House Assembly looking distinguished, trim and (yes)wearing Oxford Bags-despite being a Cambridge Man. He had a newspaper article ready to read out. As we know boys just reaching thirteen years of age find anything funny or ready to mock. Thus, we gave him the very original nickname on account of his VW: 'Beetle' .
We had arrived at the Manor at a crossroads moment in the School -being the last year group to do Head of House Fag duties, wear white detachable collars with studs and started to hear rumours about girls joining the school-alas this wasn't to be until 1976.We were to roar into the purple clad 1970s ,purchase loons from the ad section of New Musical Express ,hotfoot it down to Harry Fenton's on Coney Street and buy the latest LP from the Progressive Section in Sound Effect on King's Square. We used the red telephone box at the top of St Olave's Road to reverse the charges home. Telephone number: 23089X. Some of us queuing would pretend to have a girlfriend. A further 100 yards up from the telephone box there was Whitings Delicatessen where one of us racked up the not inconsiderable amount of £15 in one term. His father was not pleased.
Yet over next five years we had one constant and that was Guy and his wife Tanya. We felt safe and cared for at all times. He was very fair and would always listen to our requests and sometimes cheeky replies. Our admiration and respect came from other areas. Guy, as has been written elsewhere, was a genius at getting boys of weak mathematical ability through the O-level. Three of us only passed maths because of him. He was patient with those like me who were in 'Remove' urging us to never give up. An outstanding sportsman himself he strode easily across any type of playing field as the referee. With Roger Depledge he was aware of the skills and interest he gave to The Manor as his Assistant Housemaster. He saw the importance of the charity work Tanya brought to the Manor. We relished their lavish food feasts given to us throughout the years. When he retired in 1989 the Memorial Hall was crammed full with grateful Manorites.
Guy Shuttleworth was no ordinary Housemaster or teacher. Forty-seven years on eight of our year still meet two or three times a year. We know this is in part because of the solid foundation he began to give us in 1969: a loyal, happy, and engaging community.