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23 October

Barnabas Day with OV Edward Cumming QC

OV Edward Cumming College Hall AddressOn Thursday 22nd October 2020 we welcomed OV Edward Cumming QC (Br 90-01) back to School as Barnabas Speaker. St Barnabas was a fellow traveller with St Paul on his missionary journeys & is described in the Acts of the Apostles as “son of encouragement”. Distinguished OVs are invited to join our ‘Barnabas Group’ & return to speak in College Hall to share their experiences & life lessons with pupils.

Edward gave an inspiring address in College Hall talking about the Law which governs our society and to which we are all subject no matter what our position. He talked about his own career beginning with his studies at Downing College Cambridge and then a scholarship to study at the Wharton Business School which is part of the University of Pennsylvania, and finally his training to become a barrister. Edward talked with enthusiasm about the breadth of cases that he has been involved in and the types of people he has argued cases for. He spoke of his love for his profession and the aspects of the role which particularly appealed to him.

Edward continued by telling the pupils that each of them has something inside them which excites them and ignites their energies and that they should use the opportunities they have at King’s to discover what it is, to find their passion whatever it is and then when they know what it is to fight for it.

King's St Alban's OV talk

Please click here to listen to Edward’s address in full.

Following this Edward met Year 6 children at King’s St Alban’s (where he had also been a pupil) for a Q&A session in the Chapel followed by a tour.

He met with Headmaster Gareth Doodes and Head of School, Olivia to sign the Barnabas Book and be presented with his Barnabas Shield.

OV Edward Cumming Oxbridge Talk

Edward then met some of this year’s Oxbridge candidates over coffee to advise them on the application and interview process and then visited a Sixth Form Maths lesson.

A tour of the School followed including a visit to the Boathouse, Keyes building and Library which were all built after Edward had left the school. He was impressed with the sporting facilities on offer and the bright and friendly atmosphere in the library. Some of the school rooms were very little changed since his time at King’s and he enjoyed visiting familiar haunts which evoked such strong memories. Edward particularly enjoyed a visit to the Archives in Edgar Tower where school archivist Harriet Patrick showed him old school photos and past copies of The Vigornian where he featured. Edward was delighted to pick out the faces of his old school friends and teachers on this trip down Memory Lane. Edward was also impressed with the facilities in the new art block and the talent on display.

OV Edward Cumming LunchAfter the tour Edward joined the Headmaster Gareth Doodes, Head of Sixth Form and old school friend OV Josh Hand (Cl 91-01) , Head of Alumni Relations, Caroline Mitchell-Wise, Head of School, Olivia and Deputies Tom and Will for a delicious lunch in the Vigornian Room. Edward was very keen to hear about the Sixth Formers’ study plans and to offer advice and encouragement.

After lunch Edward gave a careers session on Law in the Bolland Room to a group of Lower Sixth students with Fifth Form and Upper Sixth participating via Teams. If you would like to find out more about Edward’s advice for law students then please click here for our full careers report.

He ended his day with a visit to King’s Hawford where a group of excited Year 6 pupils grilled him on his career and experiences.

A full and rewarding day and a much deserved recognition for this OV.