Episode # 6 – Nigel Talbot Rice, Headmaster of Summer Fields (1975-1997)

In Episode 6 of my Education podcast, I interview the famous Summer Fields Headmaster Nigel Talbot Rice.

Listen on Soundcloud – Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Or on YouTube – Part 1 here (and below) or Part 2 here.

Or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.

Nigel joined prep school teaching upon leaving Oxford. He started his career at Papplewick after which he taught at Summer Fields for the rest of his career. He served as the school’s Head Master for 22 years (1975-1997) and is undoubtedly one of the school’s most significant heads in its history.

In this interview, we talk about:

  • His story into teaching – his move from Papplewick into Summer Fields.
  • Differences between Summer Fields then and now.
  • His plans to buy a school in the 1960s – with Summer Fields legend Nick Alridge.
  • His developing educational philosophy – such aspects as behaviour, academics, religious instruction and financial prudence.
  • His thoughts on boarding prep schools now and in the future.


Published by willorrewing

I run Keystone Tutors, and a summer nature + creativity camp called The Imaginarium.

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