Clive Dytor

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Clive Dytor MC (born 1956) was the headmaster of The Oratory School, Woodcote, near Reading, Berkshire, England.[1] A former Church of England priest who became a Roman Catholic (like Cardinal Newman who founded the school), he is an MA of both Oxford (theology) and Cambridge (oriental studies) universities.


Dytor was educated at Christ College, Brecon, where he was both a prefect and a member of the Ist XV.[clarification needed] He was well regarded[who?] for his work ethic, sense of humour and mild eccentricities. He flourished in the Christ College environment which rewarded scholastic and sporting endeavour.

Dytor's time as an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge included playing rugby in the College 1st XV, and ensuring a plentiful display of daffodils on St David's Day

Life and career[edit]

Dytor was born in Cardiff, he served with distinction in the Falklands War, being decorated with the Military Cross for gallantry in action during the Battle of Two Sisters.[2] On the night of 11/12 June 1982, 45 Commando Royal Marines launched a silent night attack against strongly held enemy positions on the craggy hill feature of Two Sisters, ten kilometres to the west of Port Stanley on the island of East Falkland. Initially they progressed onto Two Sisters undetected. However, a fierce fight ensued once they were detected. At the height of the fighting Dytor and his troop were pinned down by enemy fire, he encouraged his troop forward and personally led the assault on a strong enemy machine gun position.[3]

On completing his service with the Royal Marines, he trained for the priesthood in the Church of England at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and became chaplain of Tonbridge School, he later became a Roman Catholic and as a layman became a housemaster at St Edward's School, Oxford, prior to his last appointment in his career as Head Master of the Oratory School, Reading, where he was in office from 2000 to 2014. He announced his retirement at the age of 57 after walking a pilgrim's trail.[4]

He is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses Conference.

He was married on 20 January 1987 to Sarah Payler.


  1. ^ Graham Turner (1 February 2003). "Faith in the future". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  2. ^ Ford, Roger; Tim Ripley (2001). The whites of their eyes: close-quarter combat. Brassey's. p. 255. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  3. ^ Oakley, Derek (1989). The Falklands military machine. Spellmount. p. 165. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  4. ^ Head decides to quit after walking old pilgrims’ trail dated 3 Nov 2014 at, accessed 3 May 2019