RIP Derrick Murphy

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former head of History, and head of 6th Form; Derrick Murphy at the age of 68 following a short illness. 

Derrick was a remarkable individual. We recently featured his latest accomplishment, with the publication of his 65th book and reaching the half million mark in global sales with his first book published 20 years ago!

He not only served the college, but also advised the governments of Singapore, South Africa and Hong Kong. He lead Norfolk County Council from 2010-2013. He was chief examiner for history for both AQA and OCR Examination Boards and was also a manager for senior rugby union teams.

Derrick and his beloved wife Janet retired to Herefordshire, where he developed a passion for alpacas.

One tribute from a former Ambrosian described him as “Incredibly knowledgable, with a razor sharp wit, and someone whom commanded great respect.”

It is clear to see that he was well loved as a teacher, friend and mentor, to those that had the pleasure of knowing him. If you would like to share any stories, or anecdotes, please leave a comment or email

Derrick’s funeral will take place at Belmont Abbey in Hereford at 2pm on 15th November.

Should anyone want to make a contribution in Derrick’s memory, his wife Janet has suggested the following charities:

The Nook | East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

St Michael’s Hospice Hereford – Caring to make a difference