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19 October

Open the door to King’s Film & more OV news

open the door to king's

We are excited to be launching our Open the Door to King's film. 

Click here for a short preview.

For 475 years King’s has been opening its doors to young people, offering a rounded education, preparing pupils for life beyond the surroundings of school. For young and able people from less privileged backgrounds, a bursary means that they can come to King’s when they would not otherwise be able to afford it. We believe that success in life should not be limited by your background, but should be the product of your own endeavour and ability. We have been delighted to meet OVs from all paths of life who have shared their stories, the doors they have opened since leaving school, how King’s has shaped their futures and why, if you can ‘Open the Door to King’s’ via supporting a bursary, you could change a life. Please click here to watch the full film.


What happens after King's?

Once OVs leave King’s we are always really keen to hear how they are getting on and we are really excited to share Isabelle Pearce-Mason (S 12-14)’s story as she tells us of her journey after King’s…

'The age-old question asked of sixth formers is what do you want to do with your life? An impossible question to answer at 17 or 18, choosing what (if at all) to study at university seems like the biggest life decision one will ever have to make. After taking a year out I settled on Natural Sciences at Murray Edwards College at Cambridge – despite knowing full well that I never wanted to be a scientist. After graduating this summer with a First Class degree this age-old question resurfaced, and taking a year out to decide what to do and where to go wasn’t really an option anymore.

So ensued the deluge of applications, interviews and assessment centres for graduate schemes and jobs that I didn’t know if I really wanted. When it came to it, I had to choose between a shiny job in the city that most Cambridge grads dream of and the somewhat rogue future leaders graduate programme at Heathrow Airport. I choose the latter – which with hindsight was a bold move, but one I will never regret.

I joined the company at the start of September, one of twenty fresh faced graduates walking into the largest single site employer in the country. My first day reminded me of my first day at King’s back in 2012; walking into what felt like a completely foreign world like a rabbit in the headlights. 6 weeks in and it feels like I’ve been a part of Team Heathrow for years. I’m by no means an aviation geek and people often comment on how surprised they them when I tell them what I’ve gone onto after my degree. To me at least, working at Heathrow is very much like working in a lab and solving a scientific problem; it’s about asking the right questions, taking a logical and rational approach and not being afraid to pursue an idea, albeit without the lab coats. To some extent one might even consider Heathrow to be analogous to a cell; where every process, mechanism and outcome is intimately linked to many others with such complexity that it is impossible to believe it has been designed – I continue to wonder how we ever manage to get a plane full of passengers and bags to take off every 90 seconds. The complexity and dynamism that comes with this is matched only by the opportunities that it creates; be it exploring and getting lost in the terminals, attending meetings with senior leaders across the business, spending the day on live training exercises with the fire service or being a part of a 360-strong cycling team racing a plane from London Heathrow to Newark in support of Duke of Edinburgh Award.

There’s no typical day for me at Heathrow. Each presents a new opportunity, a new challenge and a new experience; the phone might ring at 6am calling me as part of the on call incident response team or it might just be a quiet day at the desk.'

New cookbook for OV Chef

We are delighted to hear that Ed Smith (Cl 95-00) has released his second cookbook, The Borough Market Cookbook: recipes and stories from a year at the market following the success of his first cookbook, On the Side: a sourcebook of inspiring side dishes which was released last spring.

Ed’s new book is a celebration of seasonal market shopping and cooking, and a celebration of the place itself too: of the Market's history, the community of innovative producers and traders, and the events that take place there throughout the year. It contains 120 recipes — cookable wherever you live — vignettes and stories, plus loads of great photography that captures the spirit of the place and the food very nicely indeed.

Well done Ed on another great book!


School House Lunch Reunion

School House OVs from the 1940s, 50s and 60s met up this week at the Oxford and Cambridge Club for lunch, courtesy of George Beckman (S 49-51) who sponsored this event and Tim Wadsworth (S 56-61), who organised the gathering of 24 OVs, along with invited guests Rory McTurk (Hon OV and son of House Master, Dan McTurk) and Development Director, Liz Elliott.  The Oxford and Cambridge Club provided a beautiful setting for this lively reunion of OVs, many of whom annually attend this lunch and some for whom this was their first occasion to meet School House friends from their days at King’s. David Gregory (S 50-58) thanked Tim and George for their part in orchestrating the day and talked about his letters home, having arrived at King’s in the autumn of 1950.  It was noted that the group included good representation from the legal sector as well as a number of doctors, and there were also plenty of accountants present, as well as OVs from a diverse range of careers.  David observed how King’s School has grown from around 600 pupils in the 1950s to the present size of around 1,400 across the three schools in the King’s Foundation.

The lunch passed all too quickly, with many humorous exchanges and stories re-told from King’s School days of some 60 years ago!  And promises to meet up again next year.  If you are a former pupil of School House from the 1940s to 1960s and would be interested in attending this special lunch next year, please let the Foundation Development Office know ( ) and they can pass your request on to Tim Wadsworth and David Gregory.