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25 January

Oxbridge offers & reunions & inspirational OVs


Tuesday 22nd January saw Liz Elliott and Sophie Borrillo-McLellan from the Development & Alumni Relations Office host an OV Reunion in Cambridge for OVs who enjoy living, working and studying in the beautiful city of Cambridge and its surroundings. We were thrilled to be joined by James Alexander (H 75-85), Bill Bishop (Cr 11-18), Ceredig Cattanach-Chell (W 86-98), Maha Munir (Br 10-17), Andrew Salkeld (Cl 11-18), Saskia Frisby (Ca 12-17), Thomas Whitworth (Ch 12-16), Rowan Kitt (77-87) and Henry Phillips (Ch 08-15). OV, and Head of Sixth Form, Josh Hand (Cl 91-01) also joined which was fantastic, especially for the more recent additions to the OV community who remember him well as a teacher here at King’s.

It was wonderful to hear how the OVs studying at Cambridge are enjoying their courses, and with many having just finished exams, the reunion gave opportunity for a congratulatory beverage and a well-earned wind down. It was also a huge pleasure to meet OVs who now enjoy living and working in Cambridge, and an excellent opportunity for those OVs to meet others who they did not know at school but with whom they share King’s Worcester, and now Cambridge, as common ground. With plenty of reminiscences varying from rugby highs and lows to Latin lessons, the evening was huge fun from start to finish. The next get together is planned for Bristol. Email if you would like to be involved.


We were so pleased that a generous donation allowed pupils in the Chappel House Book Club to be given the opportunity to read On Two Feet and Wings– an amazingly inspirational book written by OV Lawyer and Author, Abbas Kazerooni (Ch 91-96). The book is based on Abbas’ true dramatic and difficult journey from Tehran to England during the Iran- Iraq war.

The students have fed back saying how much they enjoyed Abbas’s amazing and moving story and Jamie Waters (UR Cl) said, “I found it really engaging how much of his personal story he told in the book”. Abbas has also written, The Boy With Two Lives, documenting his life once he had arrived in England.


It is a real treat to welcome OV Gareth Young (Os 89-98) back to school as he embarks on his new career path to become a teacher. Gareth had a successful career in the corporate sector, including roles in Management Consultancy, before deciding to re-train as a Business and Economics teacher.

Gareth is studying for his PGCE at University of Worcester via the school direct route, and is spending two months on placement here at King’s. Gareth is having a great time working in a place so nostalgic with some familiar faces… although says he finds it strange to call his old school teachers by their first names now!



Calling all opera fans! On the 18th May the distinguished Glyndebourne Festival Opera will begin its 2019 season with its debut production of La Damnation de Faust. Leading the cast will be our very own OV Allan Clayton (H 91-99) as Faust. Allan will also be performing at the Britten Gala on 13th September this year.

Allan has taken lead roles in the last two Glyndebourne Festivals, garnering huge praise and many awards for his outstanding performances in both Hamlet and Saul.


This year King’s is delighted that there have been six successful Oxbridge candidates, two of whom are OVs. Sam Galvin (W 16-18) will be reading Economics and Management at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and Theo Osmond (Br 11-18) will be reading Biochemistry at New College, Oxford.

Sam joined King’s at Sixth Form and has applied during his gap year. He has secured a place to read Economics and Management which is the most competitive course at Oxford based on the number of applicants per place. We were pleased Theo was able to pop back into school this week and he is pictured here (bottom row, right) wearing his OV tie. Well done all!


As we reported in the OV news on 11th Jan, OV Alice Wright (S 06-13) made her professional half marathon debut in the Houston Half Marathon on 20th January. She finished with a fantastic time of 1:13:17. Well done Alice!

Alice has enjoyed a successful season of racing and we look forward to following her journey this year, including her participation in the London Marathon in Spring.