Father Graystone Maths Visit

Two people linked with St Mary’s history recently visited the college to speak to Maths students and staff.

Father Henry Graystone used to teach Mathematics at the College in the 1960s and was recently contacted by a former student, Peter Cummings, who was studying at SMC between 1960-1966. Peter didn’t quite accomplish Mathematics at the highest standard and recently decided he wanted to pursue the study of A-Level Mathematics again with Father Graystone – at the age of 68!

Having retired many years ago, Father Graystone, now aged 90, was short of resources and was in search for some resources for the new A Level Mathematics curriculum. He contacted St Mary’s College Head of Mathematics Mr Altaf Ibrahim for guidance and advice.

Mr Ibrahim invited both Father Graystone and Peter Cummings to St Mary’s to collect some past papers and resources. They both met all the teachers in the Mathematics Department and our Year 13 A Level Mathematics students.

Mr Ibrahim said, ‘It was a great pleasure to have Father Graystone and his student Peter Cummings visit SMC and enlighten our students with what being a Maths teacher and a Maths student was like in the 1960s. The key message for our students is there is no age cap on learning and that learning is a journey that never ends’.

Following their visit, Peter Cummings said ‘Father Henry Graystone and I enjoyed the experience greatly and we wish you all every success in the future. It may take me another forty or fifty years to achieve my A* and I’ll be encouraged by the thought that there’s always the challenge of ‘Further Maths’ after that’.