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Introducing The Shaw Award

Award returns to Holcombe Grammar

September 27, 2022 12:28pm

In March 2021, Ted Shaw, a former pupil, reached out to Holcombe Grammar School. Mr. Shaw informed the school that his brother, Nevil Shaw, was a student there in the 1960s. Nevil put in a lot of effort and eventually earned a spot at Swansea University, but he tragically passed away at the young age of 19 and was never able to take up his position there.

The Nevil Shaw Award was established by the school in Nevil's memory to recognise a student each year who best represents all the school stands for.

Mr. Shaw explained that he was in poor health and wanted to know if the award was still being given out at the school when he contacted the institution. Unfortunately, the award had ceased due to changes in leadership over the years. Ted worked closely with the school to create a new prize to be introduced to Holcombe and ensure that his brother's memory would continue to be honoured. At the end of each academic year, one student will receive the Nevil Shaw Award in recognition of their commitment to their studies and hard work, as well as for embodying the school's core principles.

Sadly, Ted Shaw passed away in late 2021. Ted specified in his will that he wanted the award to be brought back to Holcombe Grammar School. With this, he generously donated £1,000 to the school, covering the prizes for the winning student each year for the following 20 years.

In light of this, Holcombe Grammar School is pleased to present The Shaw Award, which honours both Nevil and Ted.


Nathan Croft, a Year 13 student, received the first Shaw Award from the school on Friday 9th September. Nathan is a fine student who embodies the values of kindness and generosity, and determination in his academic pursuits.

"I was delighted to explain the history to this award in our Year 13 assembly and then to present the inaugural award in the names of two remarkable brothers," says principal Lee Preston. "Congratulations to Nathan for this achievement.  We're excited to offer this prize to a new student in the summer of 2023."