The school year of 2016-17 is a significant one for the King’s School Worcester as we mark and celebrate our 475th Anniversary of re-foundation.
A monastic site has existed on the site of the King’s School since 680AD, but in 1541, Henry VIII founded the King’s School Worcester as we know it today to provide an education for 40 scholars who were aged between nine and fifteen years old, being ‘poor and destitute of friends, already literate, of native genius, and with an inborn aptitude for learning’.
Over time, the school has endeavoured to provide the very best education for pupils from all backgrounds, to ensure that they reach their potential at school, and to lead confident, fulfilled and unselfish lives as adults.
Over the course of the forthcoming academic year, we will celebrate this momentous milestone in numerous ways with a whole host of events and celebrations, including:
- A new pupil photograph to welcome those joining the Foundation in the 475th year
- The publication of a revised History of the The King’s School, Worcester
- A service of Commemoration in Worcester Cathedral
- A joint Exhibition with Worcester Cathedral
- The King’s School in 475 objects
- The 475th Celebration Dinner, held in the Nave of Worcester Cathedral as part of the 114th Annual Reunion Weekend 2017
At the end of the 475th Anniversary celebrations, on King’s Day 2017 we will launch the Anniversary Appeal. This marks the return of the Development Office’s focus to fundraising for bursaries. The Anniversary Appeal will focus on growing our Enduring Bursary fund, and our vision is to grow this fund to enable us to support forty free places. Our aim is to achieve this target in 2041, the school’s 500th anniversary of re-foundation, thereby fulfilling Henry VIII’s original founding intention.
475th Anniversary Lecture
As part of the 475th anniversary celebrations, renowned historian and former pupil of the school, Andrew Reekes, gave a lecture on the history of the re-foundation of the King’s School. Andrew read History at Exeter College, Oxford before completing a PGCE and has enjoyed a distinguished career in teaching, becoming Head of History at Tonbridge, Cranleigh and Director of Studies at Cheltenham College. He was Director of Studies and Sub Warden at Radley College, and finally Acting Warden at Radley until his retirement in 2012. Andrew is now a governor of the King’s School Worcester and Chairman of the Development Trust.
He has undertaken research at the University of Birmingham on Joseph Chamberlain and the 1906 Election, and has published two books; The Rise of Labour 1899-1951 and Speeches That Changed Britain: Oratory in Birmingham. He is currently writing a commissioned work on the comparative legacies of George Cadbury and Joseph Chamberlain. His lecture exploring the 475-year history of The King’s School, Worcester, can be viewed below.