Along with all of my colleagues at SSAT, I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sir Cyril Taylor.
As founder Chairman of the City Technology Colleges Trust in 1987 (subsequently the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust which later became SSAT as we know it today), Cyril guided our mission for twenty years with purpose and integrity. During that time he served as an advisor to no less than ten successive Secretaries of State for Education on the specialist schools and academies initiative. I’m proud to have worked alongside Cyril, and to have counted him as a supporter of our work at SSAT in more recent years.
As the initiator of the specialist schools programme, Sir Cyril raised over £350 million in sponsorship to support schools. Businesspeople like Lord Harris engaged with schools because of Cyril’s drive and passion. Cyril wanted the best education for every young person. I am pleased that we were able to celebrate our 30th anniversary with him last year at the House of Commons. I, like many people, owe a great deal to Cyril – it is a very sad day.
Along with everyone at SSAT, I’d like to convey my deepest sympathies to Sir Cyril’s family and all those who had the privilege to know and work with him.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive, SSAT