The winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Independent School Education goes to Mr Michael Hewer of Ruthin School. 

This award was inaugurated last year when the board of directors thought that there should be an award for educationalists who have made a significant contribution to the independent education sector in Wales.

The recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award must have demonstrated, and madea significant contribution to education, which has impacted on pupils and school life for a minimum duration of 20 years.

It’s been said of this year’s winner that he has dedicated his entire life to Ruthin School. He joined the school in 1960 as a French and English teacher. He retired initially in August 1990 but was immediately reinstated until 1992 when he left for a second time to retire. During his time at the school, he has been a housemaster as well as the interim head at one point.

Fortunately for Ruthin, Mr Hewer cannot stay away from the school. On a daily basis, Michael can be found working in the school grounds, and his flower displays are worth of the Chelsea Flower show. He is also partial to a game of chess with the students. He has dedicated his large part of his teaching career to Ruthin school and subsequently his retirement to the relentless pursuit of improving the environment and lives of the children at the school.  

WISC director Patrick Prendergast travelled to Ruthin School to present the well deserved award to Mr Hewer.