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30 November

Caring careers, fond farewells & a Poignant performance

Alan Stacey (Hon OV staff 1958-1991)

It is sad to report that Alan died on 26th November. He was an excellent Schoolmaster who will be fondly remembered by many OVs and colleagues both as an inspiring teacher of History and as a caring Housemaster of School House. Alan was involved in many other School activities and was Contingent Commander of the CCF, a rugby coach and a rowing coach.  He was very fond of music and played his trombone in the School orchestra and sang in the choir. It was only last June that he met many of his School House boys at the 67, 68, 69 Reunion and said that it was one of the best reunions that he had attended.

Written by Keith Bridges (Hon OV Staff 1963-2003)

OV in 2019 London marathon news

We were hugely excited this week to read that Alice Wright (S 06-13) is one of just 32 athletes selected to receive funding from London Marathon Events individual funding as part of a move that has seen them provide a total of £350,000 in funding to support British endurance athletes in 2019. Hugh Brasher, event director of London Marathon Events, said: “One of Chris Brasher and John Disley’s founding principles when they created the London Marathon back in 1981 was to improve the standard of British endurance running – and this commitment remains as strong today. We want to see British endurance athletes challenging the very best runners in the world in the very best races in the world – including the Virgin Money London Marathon – and the support we gave Mo Farah through his university days and beyond has shown how our funding programmes can help athletes get closer to this goal. We are proud to do our part to support British endurance athletes and look forward to a future British winner of the world’s most popular marathon.”

Alice, (who recently represented Great Britain at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin, gaining a fantastic 6th place in the women’s 10,000m in an impressive time of 32:37) is in excellent company  in receiving this funding she will join the likes of Mo Farah who was confirmed as the first professional athlete for the 2019 London Marathon.  We look forward to seeing all the exciting progress Alice makes in the build up to both the London Marathon 2019, the world’s most popular marathon, and of course the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We send a huge congratulations to Alice on being a part of this exciting new programme.


Current pupils at King’s are very lucky to have the OV network to call on for career advice and we were delighted to welcome Hannah Shearburn (Os 09-16) and Zoe Harris (Ch 08-15) back to school today. Zoe is a newly qualified physiotherapist and Hannah is training to be a nurse.

Hannah and Zoe met with sixth formers who are hoping to pursue these careers and they offered an overview of the demands of their respective professions; the highs and lows, an insight into gaining work experience and advice on the application and interview processes. It was a pleasure to hear how well they are getting on and of the different (sometimes rather gory!) experiences they have gained. Hannah has found she particularly enjoyed her time on rotation in A&E, and Zoe has discovered a specialist interest in respiratory physiotherapy. The sixth formers were able to ask lots of questions and the session was a huge success.

Hannah had a look around school before she met the pupils and she enjoyed a nostalgic lunch in the Dining Hall. Zoe was thrilled to be showed the Biology block by Head of Alumni Relations Sophie, and she was particularly pleased to bump into her former Biology teacher Matt Parkin (Hon OV), who was delighted to catch up.

OV returns to say thank you

One of King’s most recent OVs, Neil Seymour (S 13-18) popped into school this week to meet his form tutor, Jonny Mason (Hon OV) and thank him for all the support and advice he gave to Neil during his time at school.  Neil is currently studying for a BSc Hons in Policing at the University of Gloucester, having been part of the Police cadet programme whilst at King’s. We wish Neil all the very best of luck in his policing career.



Before The Daylight Fades Away

As part of the King's Remembrance Day programme, guests were treated to a fantastic and incredibly moving performance of 'Before The Daylight Fades Away' by King's pupils in the Wightman Studio. The performance focused on the letters from three OV brothers, the Wilmot boys, writing back to their mother, all who died in WW1, as well as other famous songs and works of the time, by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. You can watch the full perfomance here.


A Thoughtful and Unique Christmas Present

All the King’s Men book documents all the OVs who gave their lives for their country, during the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars.  The book was written by local historian, Mark Rogers in conjunction with King’s School Archivist, Harriet Patrick and the production was generously funded by the Old Vigornian Club.  Mark believes passionately that the men on memorials, their stories and their sacrifices should never be forgotten and this beautifully compiled book brings all these OVs together in one place, to be honoured and remembered for the sacrifice they paid.  

All our current senior school students received a copy of this poignant book on King’s Remembrance Day, to commemorate the 100 years since the end of World War One.

We are making a limited number of copies of All the King’s Men available for wider purchase, at a price of £10 including postage.  All proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards King’s Open the Door Bursary Appeal.  More information about our Bursary Appeal can be found here.

All the King’s Men would make a really special Christmas present for any member of the King’s School family. 

To purchase a copy, please contact the Development & Alumni Relations office by email or call our office on 01905 721737.