Bob Bass taught at prep schools in Somerset, Kenya and Sussex before moving in 1987 to Orwell Park, Ipswich, where he was Head of Classics and Senior Master until his retirement in the summer of 2021. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Classics Teaching and on the Council of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers. For twelve years he edited the SATIPS Classics Broadsheet, and for twenty years he served the IAPS as its Classics Subject Leader and then Adviser. He is the Chief Setter of ISEB's Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship Latin papers, proof-reader for their Greek papers, and is an IGCSE reviser. The author of various Latin and Greek resources targeted at young learners, he was awarded an MBE in the 2016 Queen's New Year's Honours list.
Apart from Greek and Latin language and literature (especially hexameter poetry), Bob's interests lie in reading, decent beer, proper food, British railways, technology and fountain pens. He is married to classical-widow Celia; they have a son who is Head of Upper College at Cheltenham College and a daughter who is a sports scientist, works in procurement for the railway industry and is a former captain of both the Ipswich Town and Colchester United women's football teams.
1963 – 1969 Isleworth Grammar School
1969 – 1975 University of Southampton:
Honours in Latin (subsidiary: Greek)
PGCE in Classics
1975 – 2019 Classics (and occasionally French) teacher in four independent prep schools:
1975 – 1979: King’s College Junior School, Taunton
1979 – 1981: The Banda School, Nairobi
1981 – 1987: Stoke Brunswick, East Grinstead
1987 – 2021: Orwell Park, Ipswich
New Year’s Honours’ List 2016: MBE for services to education