The Hamptonian September 2022

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• Alumni News • Alumni Events • Feature: Rob Mather MBE OH (1983) • Fond Farewells • Free Places at Hampton Inside this issue: SEPTEMBER 2022 HAMPTONIAN THE NEWSLETTER FOR HAMPTON SCHOOL ALUMNI THE


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Having joined the School at the beginning of the year, I have been struck not only by the incredible academic and co-curricular opportunities available to pupils, coupled with the amazing facilities Hampton has to offer, but also the palpable sense of community amongst Hamptonians young and old.

During unsettling times, supporting those around us with kindness, compassion and respect remains fundamental to our cherished Hampton ethos and values. With recent global events, our Hampton

We are equally proud of our community partnership programme. Hampton School has a proud history of working with the wider community and we have a growing partnership programme with local schools. We know from experience that cross-sector collaborations provide better educational opportunities and outcomes for everyone involved. One such programme is Lion Learning. This yearround provision is offered free of charge to local primary schools and allows children to explore English, Maths, Philosophy and Science.

(following a career in the charitable and cultural sector), incredibly easy.

We wish for all Hamptonians to be compassionate and well-rounded global citizens, who want to help build an open and tolerant society. The Foundation is the fulcrum supporting this aspiration. By significantly increasing the number of free places at the School, we will not only help to deliver a diverse and enriching educational environment, but nurture Hamptonians who are contributing positively towards society with the insight and sensitivity of a socially inclusive school experience.

community has rallied to show their support for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine through fundraising, donations and the provision of community support, such as a recent Ukrainian Film Night. A number of Hampton households are also generously hosting displaced families.

The School continues to work closely with local charities and community partners to provide much-needed support and we are also pleased to have welcomed a number of Ukrainian children to Hampton this September on school-funded places.

Hampton also encourages those attending the School to not only aspire to achieve personal success but also to support those around them. We have a long tradition of providing an exceptional education, with financial support offered to those families who otherwise would be unable to afford a Hampton education.

The sincerity and deep-rooted commitment that the entire school has towards social mobility, which is a key issue for us as a society, made my decision to join Hampton as the Director of the Fitzwygram Foundation

There are currently 96 boys attending the School on completely free places. One of the ways to support more free places at Hampton is to leave a legacy to the Fitzwygram Foundation in your Will. Over the last few years, we have been blessed by a number of individuals who have made this provision. You can find out more about the Foundation and legacy giving on pages 16-17 or by contacting the team.

I’m delighted to have joined the Foundation and Hampton School and hope to meet many of you over the coming months.


Alumni News

Blake Cullen OH (2020)

Fast bowler, Blake signed a long-term extension to his contract with Middlesex Cricket, that sees him remaining at the Club until at least the end of 2024. One of Britain’s brightest young fast bowling talents, Cullen made his professional debut for Middlesex on leaving Hampton aged 19.

Joe Ellwood

OH (2016)

Last year, furniture designer, Joe Ellwood OH (2016) made his debut at the prestigious London Design Festival. Joe is also studying for a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art and discovered his love of design and furniture, after making a summer house in his parents’ back garden. His talent was nurtured during a work placement with renowned cabinet maker, John Griffiths, giving him the confidence to set up his own company, Six Dots Design

Nick Armfield OH (2011)

Nick is playing the role of Richmond in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III, taking place at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre this autumn.

Hamptonians at Henley Royal Regatta

Great to see Tom Shepherd OH (2021), Dominic Price OH (2020), Harry Fieldhouse OH (2018), James Bradley OH (2021), Tom Cross OH (2018), Rory Gilligan OH (2017), Joe Trevor OH (2020), George Nelson OH (2016), George Wright OH (2018), James Forster OH (2020) taking part at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.

Many congratulations to Tom Worthington OH (2017) and our neighbours Molesey Boat Club, on winning the Thames Challenge Cup.


Alumni celebrate Gold DofE

Many congratulations to Toby Booker OH (2020), Jamie Drew OH (2020), Luke Jefferies OH (2020), Edward Birchall OH (2020), Harry Short OH (2019), Prem

Hiruna Diyansena OH (2019) and William Wickstead OH (2019), invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate their Gold DofE Award.

Conrad Chatterton OH (2016) and Conall O’Neill OH (2011) Great to see not one but two Hamptonians in the cast of the British Youth Opera production of Sir John in Love. Conrad takes on the role of Sir John, with Conall playing the role of Ford. Finlay Gray OH (2021) It’s been a great year for 2021 leaver, Finlay, who was crowned World Champion at the Acrobatic World Championships, World Champion at the Senior World Cup and Champion at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama in July. Congratulations to Finlay and his teammates on these superb achievements. Paul Stannard OH (1997) Paul has been appointed the new Men’s Olympic Head Coach for the GB Rowing Team. Well done Paul!

Martin Carter OH (1977)

63-year-old Martin Carter recently completed his first year at Cambridge. Martin, who joined Hampton Grammar School (HGS) in 1970, failed his French Language O Level but throughout his working life, maintained a love of languages. On a whim, Martin applied to Wolfson College, Cambridge and was delighted to learn on results day, that he’d been awarded a place at Cambridge to read for a degree in French and Italian.

During his first year, he’s performed in four plays and two films with the University’s Drama Club and is looking forward to playing Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights at the ADC Theatre (of Footlights renown) at the start of Michaelmas term in October. In his first-year exams, he’s achieved a First in Italian and a 2:1 in French. Wishing Martin all the best for the new term!

Adnan Ebrahim OH (2008)

Named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2020 and founder of CarThrottle in 2009, Adnan launched MindLabs, the world’s first mental health platform (dubbed the Peloton for the mind) earlier this year. In recent weeks, the app featured in Apple’s App Store Charts Top 10 Health and Fitness apps. Many congratulations to Adnan and his team!

Henry Cockett OH (2018) and George Wright OH (2018)

Congratulations to Henry and George on winning the Double Sculls at Molesey Regatta.


Douglas OH (2013) and Joe Trevor OH (2020)

Great to see Alistair and Joe teaming up with the Senior boats, winning the M8+ at the Home International Regatta. Alistair also took First in the pair, with Joe taking Second in the 4, as well as the Men’s and Overall trophies!


Patrick Aryee OH (2004)

Exploring nature, science and tech like never before, biologist Patrick Ayree’s latest series sets out on a high-octaine global adventure to bring humanity’s future into focus. EVOLVE dives deep into the emerging world of biomimicry, exploring how the genius of evolution could hold the key to some of the world’s biggest problems.

Nathaniel Fowles OH (1993)

Nathaniel, an artist and teacher from West Sussex, was shortlisted for the prestigious Trinity Buoy drawing prize. His work was selected from over 3000 outstanding drawings submitted by artists and designers from around the world.

Hamptonians Hike for Charity

Prof Ian White OH (1991), Chris Watts OH (1991), Neil Walker OH (1991), Lee McEvoy OH (1991) and Alex Baker OH (1991) took part in the Lakeland 214 Challenge, which saw teams ascend all the Wainwright Peaks in the Lake District, in 48 hours for charity.

Ian says of the Challenge “We channelled our experience of hiking together on CCF Adventurous training on Dartmoor back in the 80s, to scale our 11 allotted peaks in some seriously unpleasant weather” and did it with “four of my favourite people”. As we know, once a Hamptonian, always a Hamptonian! Well done to you all!

Peter Lovesey

OH (1955)

Peter’s sixth collection of short stories, Reader, I Buried Them and Other Stories, was published earlier this year. More than 50 years ago, Peter Published a short story in an anthology. That story caught the eye of the great Ruth Rendell, whose praise ignited Peter’s life-long passion for short form crime fiction.

More than a hundred stories later, Peter has assembled this new collection, which includes that first story that launched his story-writing career. Reader, I Buried Them and Other Stories is available now.

Freddie John

OH (2018)

Huge congratulations to Freddie and his friend Joe Atherley on becoming the first people ever to summit Slieve Donard, Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis (collectively known as the UK 4 Peaks), all in under 24 Hours, without the use of air travel. A film crew followed their challenge to produce a mini-documentary about their attempt, called ‘4 in 24’.



We were delighted to see so many Hamptonians, their family and friends join us for the annual Festival of Rugby held on Saturday 3 September, held in memory of Chris Mapletoft OH (2013).

Supporters gathered to watch the 2012 OH touch-rugby team take the title in a fiveteam round robin competition. After the touch-rugby, the Mapletoft XV (comprising Hamptonians from 2012-2018) took on the Recent Leavers XV (2020-2022 Leavers), in what turned out to be a thrilling and closely-contested encounter. Congratulations to the Recent Leavers team for their 24-28 win.

This year, Chris’ sister, Regan Mapletoft presented the Chris Mapletoft Trophy. Thank you to all supporters and those who took part.

First Day 50 Years On

On the first day of the autumn term, we were delighted to welcome back Hamptonians from the Class of 1979, who, fifty years ago, walked up the School drive for their first day at Hampton.

Following a tour of the School, the afternoon was rounded off with a relaxed lunch. A big thank you to all those who attended - thanks for coming back to see us!


Leavers’ Receptions

We were finally able to celebrate our Class of 2020, who returned to Hampton for their long-awaited Leavers’ Reception. We’ve also bid a fond farewell to our Class of 2021, who also returned for a belated celebration and in the summer term, we said an official goodbye to our Class of 2022.

Thank you to all those who attended these wonderful occasions and do keep in touch – once a Hamptonian, always a Hamptonian.

1991 Leavers’ Reunion

Last year, thirty years after leaving Hampton, some of our 1991 Leavers returned to take a trip down memory lane.

Travelling from across the globe from France to Tennessee, London to the Midlands, they enjoyed a tour around the School and shared many memories and stories together.

Sami Al-Ani OH (1991) was also delighted to see him name still on the Fitzwygram Prize-winners and School Captain Boards.

Thank you to Sami Al-Ani OH (1991), Romik Arconian OH (1991), Simon Bailey OH (1991), Oliver Berry OH (1991), Kunwar Bhatia OH (1991), Paul Brar OH (1991), Clyde Buntrock OH (1991), Lawrence Edwards OH (1991), Neil Griffin OH (1991), Rob Harper OH (1991), Iain Henderson OH (1991), Andrew Leitch OH 1991), Alex Lenoel OH (1991), James Lenoel OH (1991), David Lucas OH (1991), Patrick Mattar OH (1991), Justin Mercer OH (1991), Tim Pitts OH (1991), Jas Sethi OH (1991), Mark Simon OH (1991), Daniel Wilkin OH (1991), John Williams OH (1991) – it was a pleasure to welcome you back!



The sun shone on Hamptonians past and present, their friends and family, as they returned to the School on Saturday 26 March for the Walter Bailey and Alex Green Memorial matches. The annual event sees the Old Hamptonians football teams take on the School First and Second XIs.

The First XI game is played in memory of Walter Bailey, a much-loved member

of staff and respected referee who passed away in 2007. The Second XI game is played in memory of Alex Green, who left school in 2014 and tragically passed away in 2017.

Both matches were played in good spirits with Hampton First XI winning 3-0 against the OH First team and the OH Second team levelling the score, with a 3-0 win against the School’s Second XI.

2011 Leavers’ Reunion

In 2021, we welcomed back over 65 alumni from the Class of 2011, who returned ten years after leaving Hampton. Following a tour of the School, many memories were shared and friendships rekindled.

We were also delighted that Barry Martin (Headmaster 1997-2013) attended the reunion along with

Charles Salkield (former Teacher of Physics), John Orr (former Teacher of Mathematics), John Slater (former Teacher of Economics & Business Studies) and former Head of Modern languages, Fred Chaveneau.

It was a wonderful evening – thank you to all those who attended!

Joint London Networking Event

On Thursday 26 May, we were delighted to welcome alumni to the Joint London Networking event. Held in the heart of London, at the Refinery Bankside, the informal evening brought together Hamptonians and Lady Eleanor Holles alumnae, for a relaxed social.


Cricket 50 Years On Reunion

The end of June saw the return of over 20 Hamptonians for the annual Cricket 50 Years On Reunion lunch and cricket match between the School and the Old Hamptonians cricket team.

Now in its 25th year, the reunion saw alumni, their wives and partners come

together to catch-up, with many a conversation had, discussing in detail, the various cricketing exploits that took place during their time at Hampton!

Alumni travelled far and wide to attend, with Marie Therese Heid (partner of the late Arthur Reynolds OH (1959)) and

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and saw Hampton First XI win by one wicket. Thank you to all Hamptonians who came along to the reunion lunch and the Old Hamptonians team.


This year, we were delighted to hold the annual HLRA Henley Royal Regatta event jointly with Lady Eleanor Holles, and were delighted to see over 100 alumni from both schools in attendance.

With paella and Pimms served throughout the afternoon, the sun shone on those who gathered during the luncheon interval. Thank you to all those who made it such a wonderful occasion!

Trevor Greenwood OH (1960) joining us from Switzerland.

Rob Mather MBE OH (1983)

The man behind the net

Hamptonian and the Against Malaria Foundation’s (AMF) founder and CEO, Rob Mather OH (1983) was awarded an MBE by Her Late Majesty, Elizabeth II in the 2021 New Year’s Honours list for ‘services to medicine and charity’.

This award follows the Commonwealth Points of Light award presented to Rob in 2018 by HRH Prince William. This award is given to one individual from each of the Commonwealth nations tackling global challenges.

AMF is the world’s third largest funder of anti-malaria mosquito nets (behind The Global Fund and the US government) and has raised over US$480 million in the past 16 years, US$120m of which was raised last year alone. Malaria is one of the world’s largest killers of children under five and bednets protect people from malariacarrying mosquitoes that bite at night.

It is a lean operation driven by effectiveness, accountability, transparency and efficiency - it has a staff of nine, they all work from home and Rob runs AMF from the back room of his house in Fulham. Last year AMF raised more than Comic Relief and more than the BBC’s Children in Need.

Given 625,000 people still die each year from malaria, mainly children under five and pregnant women, this is life-saving work and it is estimated that AMF has saved more than 125,000 lives, prevented 125 million cases of malaria and improved the economy in Africa by US$5 billion.

So who is Rob Mather and why did he set up AMF?

We recently chatted with the Hamptonian who set up the charity that now plays a key role in the reduction of malaria cases and child mortality in Africa.

What led you to set up AMF in 2004?

In 2003, I stumbled across a documentary about a two-year-old girl called Terri who suffered burns to 90 per cent of her body in a house fire. I was very moved by her story and asked two friends if they would join me and swim a distance equivalent to the English Channel, in a swimming pool, to raise money for her trust fund. What began as a three-person sponsored

‘World Swim’ raised awareness of the burden of malaria and people asked if they could raise funds in other ways. That led to the creation of the Against Malaria website to enable people to fundraise in whichever way they wished and the organisation’s name was changed to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) to reflect that development.

Why did you want to focus on malaria in particular?

I learned that the equivalent of seven jumbo jets full of children under five died from malaria every day - every day - and that really struck me, and also that the most effective thing we can do to prevent malaria is to have people in malarious areas sleep under a simple bednet that costs just a few pounds. It was also apparent that malaria control was severely underfunded.

swim developed in just a few weeks into 150 swims in 73 countries involving 10,000 people. My colleague, Andrew, built a small website in his spare time so we could put dots on a map which allowed everyone swimming to see where others were involved around the world. That was ‘Swim For Terri’ and we raised several hundred thousand pounds to help secure Terri’s future.

A few weeks into Swim For Terri, an Australian asked ‘What are we doing next year?’ and my throwaway line was ‘Why don’t we get a million people to swim?’ and I remember his response: ‘Terrific, that means we only need 999,998 more people - as I’m in!’. I approached 20 organisations globally and asked them if they would each ‘give me’ 5,000 people to swim and World Swim Against Malaria was the result. In 2005, 250,000 people swam in 160 different countries and we raised US$1.3 million to buy ‘long-lasting insecticidetreated (anti-mosquito) nets’ (LLINs) that helped protect 500,000 people when they slept at night. Malaria-carrying mosquitoes bite typically between 10 o/ clock at night and two in the morning which is why nets are the most effective way of preventing malaria.

An important principle for AMF is high impact for funds raised.

Preventing disease in the developing world, given the low cost to achieve health improvements, is particularly high impact. With bednet distributions, £2,500 saves a life and prevents 500 to 1,000 cases of malaria, and to put that in some sort of context, the NHS in the UK is willing to spend about £30,000 to extend each of our lives by one year.

So it went from ‘Swim for Terri’ to ‘Swim for (and now Against) Malaria.’

Today, the equivalent of two or three jumbo jets full of children under five die from malaria every day so we have made progress but there is still some way to go.

What keeps you motivated to continue fundraising for AMF?

625,000 people still die each year from malaria and more than 240 million fall sick so that is pretty strong motivation.

Malaria is still out of control in many countries, largely in Sub-Saharan Africa and bringing it under control is eminently achievable in the next 10 years, which would save millions of lives.


I remember speaking with one of our partner organisations in the West Nile region of Uganda in 2009, just before we were about to distribute 50,000 nets to protect 100,000 people. One of the village leaders was in the office and told me that there had been 387 cases of malaria in his village the previous month and two small boys had died. Nobody had any nets he said. Six months later, the same village leader walked six miles back to that Red Cross office and dictated a message that he asked to be sent to me. It said simply ‘Mr Rob, Malaria doesn’t exist in my village anymore. Mohammed.’ That’s the best motivation.

What did you do after leaving Hampton?

I spent a year at BP’s Research Centre in Sunbury before going to Cambridge University to study Chemical Engineering and play a lot of football. We beat Oxford twice in two Varsity matches played at Wembley, with Hampton represented by four players including both captains, a record I think at the time.

After university, I applied to a US strategy consulting firm with offices in Milan. ‘So you speak Italian?’ they asked. No, but I was very keen to learn I said. They sent me to Milan. I had four wonderful years there before two years in the US completing an MBA at Harvard Business School - and more football.

Back in the UK I spent four years helping grow an exhibitions company and then joined one of the world’s largest financial publishers with responsibility for developing the company’s global internet strategy and businesses. That was back when the internet was just starting. We had fun!

Then I saw a television programme about Terri… and shortly thereafter contributing to the fight against malaria became my focus.

What are your favourite memories of Hampton?

There are many. I was fortunate to love my time at Hampton. There were characters in the classroom and in the sixth form common room ( Bat Out Of Hell was usually on the record player or Charlene’s I’ve Never Been To Me –never understood why for that second

one but it became an anthem of sorts); there were some terrific teachers, who many of us got to know well in our later years; and a great culture of sport – rugby, rowing, football and golf amongst others with national level performers and world class sports teaching staff.

If I had to pick one, I’d say football. We had an exceptional set of players across the years and a truly exceptional coach in Iain MacLean who was at Hampton from 1970 to 2012. He turned some OK players into decent players and great teams.

uickfire Questions

I remember playing against Ian in a representative match, him as a central defender with me trying all the tricks as a centre forward –drop the shoulder one way, go the other way – to get past him and score. Not a dicky bird all game. At the end of 90 minutes I remember Iain leaning in and whispering in his lilting Scottish accent “Remember - I taught you everything you know. I just did’ne teach you everything I know.” A great man. Happy days.

Who, or what, was your biggest teacher?

Listening to others. You learn a lot by listening, not so much when you are talking.

If I think back to specific teachers at Hampton, I feel very fortunate to have been taught by or have known Iain, and others, including Bob Gill, Pat Talbot, Colin Flood and John Orr. I particularly enjoyed the teaching styles of, and was inspired by, Roger Woodward (Chemistry) and Keith Martin (Spanish), such that their two names were incorporated into passwords. That has meant I have thought of those two teachers almost every day for the last 40 years!

What does success mean to you?

Success in the malaria world will be bringing malaria under control. Man Utd beating Liverpool at Anfield is a slightly different way of defining success.

The first thing I do in the morning is… Turn on Radio 4 and try and contain my feedback to the politicians.

I like to relax by…Watching any one of our four children playing sport. I’d like to say watching Man Utd, but that has been difficult over the last few seasons. We live near Craven Cottage and have Fulham season tickets and they have been having a much better time of it.

I’m happiest when…With family and friends in the mountains in Chamonix.

The person that inspires me most is…Two people - Ernest Shackleton, for his extraordinary exploits in the Antarctic and bringing everyone back alive, and a business school colleague who is the only human being to have been to both the highest point in the world, Everest, and the deepest point, the Mariana Trench.

What’s next for Rob Mather? Well, certainly more travel around the UK over the next few years with my wife Cath as three of our four children are now at university. AMF will remain a work focus for a good few years to come. And some much needed training for the Chamonix marathon with friends in August next year. When I ran it in 2019, six of the ten participants over 70 years of age finished ahead of me so I have no pretensions of breaking any records but if you are going to hike/run a long way, the mountains are a good place to do it.



However, it has always remained an integral part of the Hampton community. Today, as well as a local institution, Hampton is one of the leading schools in the UK with an outstanding reputation for all-round excellence.

Hampton became a State Grammar School in 1910 and remained so for 65 years. During that time, the School moved to its current home on Hanworth Road and alongside its 1940 façade, many of the grammar school values of old remain strong, including offering an exceptional education to all and encouraging social mobility and diversity.

Hampton has a long-established tradition of offering free places to those who couldn’t otherwise afford a Hampton education and in order to continue to increase the number of free places, the School established a separate charity called the Fitzwygram Foundation. The charity’s sole purpose is to raise funds to support more free places at Hampton. There are currently 96 boys attending the School on completely free places.

We recently caught up with Luca Cericola OH (2016), one of those who

benefited from a free place. As he joins a renowned London legal firm as a trainee solicitor, he says he will always look back at his free place offer as a life-changing opportunity for him.

you can support us by making a single or regular gift. To find out more information on how to donate and other ways of giving, take a look at uk/about/the-fitzwygram-foundation/. Everyday

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“I credit all the success in my life down to the moment I got the offer of a free place at Hampton. The School supported me and believed in me from day one and offered me so many opportunities. Hampton turned me into the person I am today and I will forever be grateful.”

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As many of you are aware, Hampton School was founded in 1557 and over those five centuries it has undergone many transformations.

The gift of a lifetime

Gifts in Wills make a huge differencelarge or small, these gifts combine to help us to provide more free places at the School, and can be a simple and tax-effective way of making a significant gift to the Foundation.

If you would like to help fund more free places at Hampton by leaving a legacy to the Foundation in your Will or would like further information, please call the Fitzwygram Foundation Office on 020 8783 4406 or email:

Much-loved and admired across the globe, her life of selfless dedication and devoted service to her country, the Commonwealth and her people were a wonderful example to us all.

As the country began an official period of mourning, our School community held a special assembly as a mark of respect for Her Majesty. A two-minute silence was also observed and the Union Flag was flown at half-mast on the Hampton Tower.

It was with profound sadness that the Hampton community mourned the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Since its foundation, Hampton School has been maintained and strengthened by legacies, making a difference to lives for generations to come.
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Pericles

Honouring Alumni

Many congratulations to the three Hamptonians who have been awarded Honours by Her Late Majesty, Elizabeth II.

David Peppiatt OH (1987)

received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Medal in recognition of his remarkable humanitarian relief work with the British Red Cross. For over 25 years, David has been at the forefront of international disaster operations. He led the British Red Cross response to the Syria crisis, Haiti earthquake and Bangladesh cyclone disaster and is currently involved in the growing crisis in Afghanistan as well as drought operation in the Horn of Africa. David is also spearheading a global initiative to scale-up the use of cash assistance allowing money to be transferred directly to the victims of international disasters with the aim of giving them more control over how to rebuild their lives.

Ollie Stanhope OH (2016)

was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours List. A stalwart of the Hampton Boat Club, Ollie represented his School at Henley Royal Regatta on two occasions: racing in the Temple Challenge Cup in 2015 before moving up to the first eight to contest the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup in 2016. In 2021, Ollie was selected to compete in the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four at the Tokyo Paralympics, going on to win Gold. His crew have had some impressive results in recent years, winning the World Championships three years in a row and the European Championships in Varese, Italy. Ollie recently took Gold in the PR3 Men’s Pair at the 2022 World Rowing Championships. Congratulations Ollie!

Simon Nayyar OH (1985)

a leading figure in PR and public affairs over the past 30 years, Simon runs Acuitas Communications, a specialist financial and corporate communications agency which has offices in London and Brussels. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List, for political service, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Simon was a Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in the 2010 and 2015 general elections. He is one of the founding officers of Conservative Friends of International Development, and one of the founders of Conservative Friends of India. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Freeman of the City of London.


Inspiring hamptonians


Current Hamptonians were wowed with the passion, knowledge and expertise of the alumni volunteers who came back virtually to talk all things careers, during this year’s Careers Week.

Taking place over four evenings, the event allowed current pupils to hear from and ask questions of alumni from a whole host of different areas. Panel sessions were held on careers in Computer Science, Medicine, Journalism, Marketing and

Advertising, Film and Media, Finance and Investment, Engineering, Degree Apprenticeships, and Law.

Thank you to all those who took partwe really appreciate all the support we receive from our alumni community.


In March, we welcomed Madhur Seth OH (1989) back to Hampton to talk to current Hamptonians about artificial vs human intelligence. Madhur works in Business Intelligence and combines his love of neurology with computing and AI.


Many thanks go to Matt Oxborrow OH (2014), Andrew McHutchon OH (2005), Michael Taplin OH (2009) and Marianne and Rachel Bergin, family of Alan Stevens OH (1953), who returned to the School in support of the recent Ogden Trust London West Partnership group event, hosted by Hampton.

The afternoon offered Year 10 pupils in partnership state schools, as well as current pupils from LEH and Hampton, the opportunity to learn more about a variety of STEM careers, which included immunology, petrophysics and data science in Formula 1.


Martin visited the School to be interviewed by Sixth Formers Tom S and Jay H about his experiences as a Senior Civil Servant at the Ministry of Defence during the Cold War.

Martin spoke about the perceptions of the Soviet threat, NATO’s policies of conventional and nuclear deterrence, as well as the events leading up to the end of the Cold War in December 1991.


School News


Hampton’s U13A footballers have been crowned English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Champions after victory against Chesterfield High School in the U13 Schools’ Cup Final.

You may be aware that this national competition is one of the most prestigious in schools’ football and involved over 600 teams from across the country; our U13A squad won nine matches to reach the final at The

Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion FC. An excellent contest against Chesterfield High School from Merseyside went to penalties, but our young footballers held their nerve to clinch the title in style.


has encouraged generations of Hamptonians to take up the mantle to raise awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Mr Lawrence has spearheaded Holocaust education and learning at Hampton, running Holocaust Memorial Day events for pupils and the local community, and overseeing collaborative awarenessraising projects with schools and pupils across the UK. The School was awarded a Quality Mark and Beacon Status by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education earlier this year.

A much-admired member of the History Department, Andy Lawrence has been awarded an MBE in the Platinum Jubilee Honours List for services to Holocaust and Genocide Education. For over 15 years, Andy Congratulations Andy!


Upper Sixth Hamptonians had a great deal to celebrate as our Class of 2022’s endeavours were rewarded with superb A Level and Pre-U results – an exceptional 57% of grades achieved were at A* and 89% at A*- A.

No fewer than 72 boys recorded three or more straight A*s in this summer’s examinations of which 27 chalked up four of the very top grades. In total, Hampton pupils collected 392 A*s and 215 A grades and this helped an impressive 90% of the year group to secure highly sought-after places at Russell Group, or equivalent, universities.

Fifth Year Hamptonians also achieved superb GCSE results. A hugely impressive 58% of exam grades awarded were 9s, with 82% at 9-8 (A*) and 95% at 9-7 (A*-A).

Remarkably, over half of the year group achieved 10 or more 9-8 (A*) grades. Fifty Hamptonians chalked up ten or more grade 9s (high A*), among whom six boys were rewarded with 12 very top 9 grades – a phenomenal return.


Lower Sixth Former Henry Shard, achieved a fantastic score placing him in the top 0.71% of students who sat the 2022 Cambridge Chemistry. In recognition of his achievement, Henry receives the prestigious Roentgenium Award. He is the seventh Hamptonian in six years to be presented with a Roentgenium, recognising the UK’s very best young chemists.

In addition to the award, Henry is invited to a residential Chemistry camp at Cambridge University over the summer break, where he will have the opportunity to meet other top achievers and further develop their Chemistry skills.


Hampton School’s exceptional youth male-voice choir, Voices of Lions, have been impressing audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2013 and this year was no exception.

The 39-stong choir, featuring Hamptonians from Third Year to Upper Sixth alongside recent leavers, performed to record audiences at Old St Paul’s Church in Edinburgh.



Bookmark was founded by Sharon Pindar in 2018 with a clear mission to help children learn to read. Sharon’s personal experience with literacy issues began at home as her own mother was unable to read. Bookmark believes that reading is about more than books, it’s about reading a road sign, a job application or even a birthday card. As part of their mission to help children learn to read, Bookmark runs a volunteer-led programme which involves children aged five to nine taking part in two 30-minute reading sessions with a volunteer every week for six weeks. The charity has had great success, in 2020/21 97% of children taking part in the programme improved or maintained their reading level, despite disrupted

learning and nine out of 10 volunteers felt they had made a positive impact.

Richard Pindar OH (2008) is CEO of Literacy Capital, which is one of Bookmark’s biggest corporate supporters. Thanks to the continued backing from Literacy Capital, which has given more than £4.3m to charities in the last four years, the charity has been able to expand their offer to schools across the UK with grants to promote a whole school reading culture, book subscription services and more.

Bookmark needs volunteers to help children to build their reading skills and confidence. As a volunteer you’ll spend just one hour a week, split into two 30-minute sessions, supporting a child online.

Volunteering with Bookmark fits around your schedule and can make a huge difference to a child who is struggling at school.

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A Fond Farewell

As the 2021-22 academic year drew to a close, we wished a fond farewell to several long-serving members of Hampton staff.

Barney Bett retired following 32 years of service to the School. Barney headed the Geography department for a remarkable 30 years alongside coaching tennis and rugby teams. Back in the day, his U14 rugby team included current Head of Hampton Rugby, Andy Beattie, and former professional player and now Japan Sevens National Team Director, Simon Amor OH (1997).

Barney, who is embarking on a road trip across Europe, said he will look back on his time at the School with great fondness:

“My time at Hampton has been very enjoyable and rewarding and it has been a pleasure teaching generations of kind, inquisitive and respectful Hamptonians.”

Our Languages Department said goodbye to three of its longest-serving staff members: Shirley Buckley, Paddy Turner and Head of Languages, Fred Chaveneau.

Following 13 years at Hampton, Shirley is moving to the Lake District. Paddy, who’d been at Hampton for 25 years, was a talented linguist able to teach French, German and Spanish. He

recently mastered Italian and is taking on the Portuguese language. As well as his excellent contribution to the teaching of languages, Paddy was also a regular fixture on our sports fields, instilling a love of cricket in many Hamptonians over the years.

Fred Chaveneau joined the School as a newly qualified teacher 14 years ago, rising through the ranks to lead the Modern Languages Department, as well as finding time for his other passion, coaching football! He now moves to Spain to take on the role of Head of Secondary School at the British International School of Marbella and we wish him well in this new venture:

“I am grateful to all the pupils I have had the pleasure to teach over my 14 unforgettable years at Hampton. The UK, and Hampton in particular, will always hold a very special place in my heart.”

We wish Tim Barry, who taught percussion at Hampton for 24 years, a long and happy retirement, and hope that he will return regularly to enjoy School concerts.

Our best wishes also go to Nicholas Woods, who enjoyed 14 and a half years at Hampton, including a number as Assistant Head, before taking up a new role in April as Deputy Head (Strategy and Operations) at Wycombe Abbey School. Nick, a member of our Physics Department, served as Joint Head of Third Year before joining the Senior Leadership Team and was an inspiring Rowing coach, encouraging Hampton crews to several National Schools’ Regatta titles.

We wish them all the very best in their new endeavours and thank them for their contribution to Hampton life.



Long-standing and much-loved member of staff, David Clarke has been teaching Hamptonians for nearly 40 years. In the summer edition of the Hampton Sports Chronicle, current Hamptonian Henry Fagan, catches up with him to find out more about his life as an athlete. You can read an edited version of his article below:

David Clarke is a familiar face to generations of Hamptonians, in the History Department, out on the sports fields and on the many Adventure Society trips, but how many Hamptonians know about his illustrious running career?

Having competed internationally for Great Britain in cross country, road running and track and field, he is still an avid runner, a stalwart more locally for Hercules Wimbledon Athletics Club and coaches the School cross country

team. He even has a race named after him: the Dave Clarke mile.

David grew up locally and started running at his prep school, where he raced (but never won!) the interschool 800m; he then moved to St Paul’s School in Barnes, where his running journey really began. In his first national competition, the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships, Clarke finished 169th, however, by the time he left school, he had managed to lower this position to a staggering 16th,

hence showing real promise. Up to this point, he only (!) ran 10-15 miles each week: a relatively low mileage for a runner of his calibre.

Between school and university, he decided to take a year out in order to really focus on his running and, as he put it, “started to train seriously.”

During this time, he won his first Surrey Junior Cross Country title and South of England Cross Country Junior title, defending these titles a year later and running in his first World Cross Country Championships where he finished 23rd. At that time, there was “no real professional running scene” since it was predominantly an amateur sport with no money involved, though this was soon to change.

His successes on both the track and in cross country continued to snowball, and over the next few years he went on to win the British 5000m track


championships and represented Great Britain at 5000m in the World Athletics Championships.

He also won the National Senior Cross Country Championships three times and qualified for the British team in the World Cross Country Championships an astonishing 12 times. In four of these championships, he helped the Great Britain team win one Bronze and three Silver medals, displaying world class talent by finishing in the top ten places three times, with a best of seventh. He also managed to beat Henry Rono from Kenya in a 10,000m race in Florence, Italy. He described Rono as “one of the greats in the running world,” an athlete who at that time held the 3000m steeplechase, the 5000m and 10,000m world records!

When asked about his running role models, as well as Dave Bedford (British runner known for breaking the 10,000m world record), Sir Brendan Foster (Olympic Bronze medallist and previous world record holder in the 3000m) and Douglas Wakiihur (Kenyan marathoner who won five separate marathons and secured a Silver medal in the Olympic marathon), he particularly admired Emiel Puttemans, the Belgian legend in distance running, who was “very gracious in defeat” when he lost to Clarke! He was also very fond of Wakiihuri, the Commonwealth Games and London Marathon champion, who he raced in a distance competition in Sweden.

One of the most difficult accomplishments in running, and perhaps even sports in general, is breaking the four-minute barrier for the mile. Despite being primarily a longer distance runner, with his prevalence in cross country races and even a win at the Stockholm Marathon, David achieved this amazing feat in 1982 when he ran 3:56.95 for the mile, finishing second at Crystal Palace while representing Great Britain, embedding himself as one of Britain’s greatest runners.

However, all this success did not come without its setbacks. Mr Clarke missed

two Olympics due to injury. He also had to adapt his training after damaging his back on a building site as a student.

Nearly 40 years ago, during the peak of his running, Clarke joined the PE and History departments at Hampton, making him the longest-serving teacher at the School.

What about other sporting passions? He always wanted to be a cricketer and has always “love[d] taking part in any outdoor activity such as rowing, hiking or climbing.” This is still a prominent theme in his life as you can find him running both the Adventure Society trips and the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for Hamptonians.

David remembers some exceptional runners at Hampton, in particular Gareth Creagh OH (1995), who held the School’s First Year 1500m record for 32 years until it was broken by current pupil, Marcus Solomon in 2021, and who he coached to represent England at both track and cross country, and Sam Perkins OH (2006) who won the Middlesex Schools’ Cross Country Championships as an U19 athlete.

What tips does he have for those getting into running or wanting to improve: “The key to running is consistency – don’t go too hard too soon; think big and start small – no one becomes an elite athlete overnight and you have to pace yourself; and finally remember why you are doing the sport – for fun!”


Old Hamptonians Association

If you’re interested in playing cricket, football, rugby or golf, then the Old Hamptonians Association has a club for you!

The cricketers compete in the Surrey Championship on Saturdays, with the U21 Trust League taking place on Sundays.

The OHA Football Club are once again AFA Premier League Champions and boast a very strong second and third team.

The Rugby Club are having a renaissance built on the foundation of many recent alumni and look forward to strengthening their resources in 2022-23.

The Golf section plays up to ten fixtures throughout the year against other local schools.

The sections are always looking for new members, so if you’d like to find out more information or join, please contact the Association at:


Captain John Jones bought a house in Hampton in circa 1678 to spend his retirement. He lived by the river with his granddaughter Catherine and her husband Nathaniel Lacey.

Before he settled in Hampton, the Captain experienced a colourful life both as an MP and a parliamentarian in the English Civil War.

Captain Jones was later to purchase from the heirs of Edmond Pigeon, the whole of the church rectory and the surrounding land.

In 1692, Captain John Jones died and gave instructions in his will to set up an endowment, so that Hampton School would receive at least £36 per year. In that year, it doubled the school’s funds

and provided the financial means to fund a School Master and established the school’s first Governing Body and Board of Trustees.

Unfortunately, the Captain’s Will was unsigned and challenged in court by

his sister. The court decided that the land and buildings should go to her. However, the Captain’s grandsonin-law, was a principal executor and ensured the rest of the money should be distributed to the charities Captain John had specified in his Will.

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