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A Headmaster’s Story

Category: Biographies and Memoirs
ISBN:   9781868429325
Publisher:  Jonathan Ball Publishers
On sale: September 2019
List price: R260
Format: Paperback
eBook ISBN
9781868429332 

A Headmaster’s Story: My Life in Education


Bill Schroder


Bill Schroder is the stuff of which teaching legends are made. Strict, yet kind and tolerant, he blended a magic mix of care and discipline to bring out the best in his pupils.

In A Headmaster’s Story, Bill shares the story of his life, offering many insights into the challenges and rewards of teaching. He describes how he was a natural leader, and that helping young people realise their potential was his life’s calling. Bill also charts how his teaching philosophy developed as he taught at and led a variety of schools, including SACS, Western Province Prep, Rondebosch Boys’, Westerford, Rhodes High, Pinelands High in Cape Town and York High in George.

When he was appointed head of Pretoria Boys High in 1990, Bill took on the challenge of leading one of the country’s top state schools and soon earned the undying admiration of pupils, parents, staff and Old Boys alike. At the end of a long and distinguished career, he did not rest on his laurels but went back into the fray, helping to mentor a struggling township high school.

Here is a teacher who has left an indelible mark on thousands of pupils, from Cape Town to Pretoria.


Bill Schroder was the headmaster of the prestigious Pretoria Boys High for 19 years (1990–2009). Before that he taught and performed a leadership role at several schools, including Rondebosch Boys High, Westerford High and Rhodes High in Cape Town, as well as York High in George. He also coached and administered swimming, cricket, rugby and squash at various levels. When he’s not writing his memoirs, he loves to play bridge, watch sport and travel. He lives in Pretoria.

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