At the beginning of December 1923 Mr Noble received a letter from the Clerk to the Governors informing him that the Governors had decided to appoint a graduate in Mathematical Honours to fill his post as from September following.
Dear Mr Noble
At the Governors’ Meeting held yesterday, it was decided that it would be necessary to appoint a graduate in Mathematical Honours to fill your post.
In appreciation of the very conscientious way in which you have carried out your duties your successor will not join the staff before the beginning of next September term, but should you obtain another post before that date the Head Master is instructed to sanction your acceptance of the same.
Mr Noble was not to take this lying down, however, but he took his time to reply:
22nd February 1924
With reference to the Governors’ letter… informing me of their intention to appoint a Graduate in Mathematical honours to fill my post, I would desire you to make application to the Governors that I may be allowed to put my case before them in the hope that they may consent to reconsider their decision.
I would also ask that, if I am allowed to appear before the Governors, I may have the assistance of a representative of the Incorporated Association of Assistant Masters.
I am Sir, Yours faithfully
Andrew C Noble
The Clerk replied on 5th March that the Governors agreed to this request and the meeting presumably subsequently took place, although the next document in the sequence is an undated letter, probably later in March, when Mr Noble writes to the Chairman of Governors asking him to accept his resignation at the end of the summer term.
Poor Mr Noble – what became of him? Let us hope that he found a more suitable job soon.
Gloucestershire Archives Ref: D253/14