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This magazine is designed and edited in house by the Development Office. Additional contributions from the staff, pupils and alumni of QEGS. If you have any comments or would like to submit text for an article please contact: The Development Office, 01924 231 642, QEGS Development Office, 154 Northgate Wakefield WF1 3QX.


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Friday 23 September, 2016 OS London Dinner, The East India Club 19:00 -00.00 £45 / £25 for Students Thursday 6 October, 2016 Leeds Drinks, 18:00 - 21:00 Malmaison Leeds, Free (Joint event with WGHS Old Girls) Saturday 15 October, 2016 OS International Dinner, Nice, France 19:30 - 00:00 £45 / £30 for Students Thursday 10 November, 2016 Manchester Drinks, 18:30 - 21:00 Épernay Manchester, Free (Joint event with WGHS Old Girls) Friday 16 December, 2016 OS Annual Dinner, QE Hall, QEGS 19:00 - 00:00 £45 / £30 for Students/ £15 for The Class of 2016

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Old Savilian. I hope the inclusion of the word “Old” doesn’t make readers feel too aged, but it was high time we produced a big brother publication to accompany The Savilian! You can read here (in hexagonal and other forms) all about recent events at QEGS; from A*s at A Level right across to sporting fixtures between the School and the Savs; from restoration polymaths to guitar makers! I hope you enjoy this opportunity to catch up. Probably the twin highlights of the year were the ISI report and our annual pilgrimage back down to Twickenham. The independent school inspectors were bowled over by the boys and gave us the top rating of “excellent” in all 8 categories. Bromsgrove 1st XV were very nearly bowled over by our pack

in the NatWest Final, but eventually beat us 18-10 despite the deafening noise of 1000 Yorkshire supporters cheering us on! We also mourn the loss of a number of Old Savilians whose obituaries span the worlds of medicine, local government and cathedral music – all will be greatly missed. As I write this introduction, school has just broken up for the summer holidays. We sang I Vow to Thee My Country (very loudly) in the final assembly and bade farewell to staff who were leaving, including Mrs Young and Mrs Booker (both in Learning Support) plus Messrs O’Connor (English) and Grieve (Maths). My thanks to them all for their services to the school and my thanks to all of the boys and staff for enriching 2015/16 – it has been another successful year.

This magazine has been produced by QEGS and sent to all Old Savilians, not just OS Club Members. Club Members will continue to receive The Savilian Magazine at the end of the autumn term. To subscribe to the Old Savilians Club please contact Ms Lizzie Hulme,

Saturday 21 January, 2017 OS Cambridge Dinner, Christ’s College 19:15 - 00:00 £45 / £15 for Students Wednesday 8 February, 2017 Wakefield Drinks, 18:00 - 21:00 The Old Printworks Wakefield, Free (Joint event with WGHS Old Girls) Wednesday 8 March, 2017 Sheffield Drinks, 18.00-21.00 All Bar One, Leopold Street, Free (Joint event with WGHS Old Girls) Saturday 11 March, 2017 OS Durham Dinner, Hatfield College 19.00 - 23:00 £45 / £25 for Students Thursday 16 March, 2017 Oxford Drinks, 18.30-21.00 Randolph Hotel, Free (Joint event with WGHS Old Girls) Thursday 11 May, 2017 London Drinks, 18.00-22.00 Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet St., Free (Joint event with WGHS Old Girls) Sunday 25 June, 2017 Old Savilians’ Day, 425th Anniversary Reunion Details to follow To book your place at any of the above events please contact the Development Office, 01924 663 733 SUMMER 16 | 3 or book online @

NEWS FROM AROUND QEGS Record Number Of A Level A*s QEGS pupils secured a record number of A*s in 2015 - even as grades fell nationally - with a vast majority of boys securing their top university choice. Overall, 51% of our Year 13s achieved either all A* or A grades in their chosen subjects. An outstanding achievement for the school and its students once again.

Y13s Fond Farewell Year 13 boys enjoyed one last get together at the end of Summer Term, as the QEGS Reception played host to the Class of 2016. Boys were presented with their Old Savilian Tie, enjoyed lunch with parents and teachers as they embark on life after QEGS. Boys were wished well as they move on to the next stage of their life. It is hoped the boys will stay in touch with their school and attend the many social and sporting events organised for Old Savilians.


Active Visitors In June QEGS welcomed Year 5 pupils from a number of West Yorkshire primary schools to take part in a special “Activities Day.” Sessions were led by our own subject specialists, assisted by some of our pupils. As always, the day was a great success. Boys could be found getting involved in energetic Physics; being a Secret Agent, playing sport in the Sports Hall or learning African Drumming to name some of the activities on offer.

Time for Tea Every year QEGS is proud to host senior citizens from our local community for a special Christmas Dinner. The summer term saw the launch of a new event - the Senior Citizens Afternoon Tea, and what a joyous event it was! With musical entertainment provided by the boys, the guests were treated to a yummy selection of sandwiches and cakes beautifully set out with bunting and flowers in the Main Reception. All the guests seemed to very much enjoy the afternoon, and were delighted to leave with a lovely pot of flowers.

Fundraising For Local Hospice Pupils of 11CDD presented a cheque of £1100 to Lyndsay Richardson of Kirkwood Hospice in June. The amount was raised following the sponsored swim of their Form Tutor Mr Dean, who completed an incredible 5000m. Well done to everyone involved!

A Film-Maker In Our Midst Well done to Year 13 student Alex Preston who was accepted onto the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) special residential programme which took place in February. Alex, who studied film alongside his recent A Levels, was given the chance to develop his skills and build towards a career in the film industry.

Y9 Become Romans Nearly 40 Year 9 pupils crossed the Pennines in mid-November to learn about the Romans in Britain. Accompanied by Mr Wood and Mr Dean, they visited the Grosvenor Museum, enjoying an education session about archaeology, a tour of the visible remains of the city accompanied by a Roman soldier in full legionary uniform, and visits to two Roman galleries. Looking at real artefacts, thinking about real people and their lives in the first century A.D. brought Latin to life on a bitterly cold day.

Pupils Soundbites Hit The Airwaves As part of a marketing initiative radio campaigns for both WGHS and QEGS aired this year on Heart FM. It is not every day pupils are asked to talk about their school life, so for a small group of lucky pupils from Years 1 to 13 it was a fun, exciting opportunity to air their views into the Heart FM microphone during a day of recording before February Half Term. Totally unscripted and with over six hours of soundbites recorded, two adverts have been produced for each school.

2000 Mile Cycling Challenge Huge congratulations to pupil Tom Rimmer who, accompanied by his father Terry, completed his Pacific Coast Cycling Challenge in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust last summer. The pair reached the U.S. Border with Mexico on Tuesday 18 August, which concluded their ride of 2062 miles which started from Vancouver. What a journey!

Music Festival Extravaganza The joint Christmas Concerts featured an array of ensembles from both QEGS and WGHS. As always, the Concerts held over two consecutive nights featured the exceptional talents of our vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles large and small; taking to the stage to raise the roof of the QE Hall and get the audiences in the festive spirit. All directed under the guidance of the talented Music Departments and VIMS from across the Foundation.

Gender Debate With all proceeds going to Raise for Life, the Motion ‘Do men have it worse’ was debated in front of an expectant audience in March. Supporting the motion were ‘Team WGHS’ Mrs Gunson and Mr Eggleston, the opposition was ‘Team QEGS’ – aka Mr Craig and Dr Brunt. The verdict was put to the floor, with ‘Team WGHS’ declared winners.

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QEGS Senior School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) on 10 - 13 November 2015. The ISI inspection regime has evolved significantly over recent years and allows for an exhaustive assessment of the conduct and achievement of the schools inspected. It’s pleasing to confirm that QEGS received top judgements of “Excellent” in all the areas assessed. The Governors are delighted at the outcomes, and congratulated Headmaster David Craig and his staff team on what is a very significant achievement. They were also grateful to the many parents who responded to the parental survey. And last but not least, they were incredibly grateful to the pupils, whose responses to the inspection demonstrated their attachment to, and love for, their school. The boys’ contribution to the successful outcome was significant.

hERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDS wGhS & QEGS wwI PROjECT Over the course of the academic year 2015-16, QEGS and WGHS have undertaken a series of activities aimed at sharing their school archives from the First World War period with members of the Wakefield Community.

Following an application by Foundation Development Director, Andrew Beales to the Heritage Lottery Fund, a grant of £8300 was approved to digitise the archives of both QEGS and WGHS, and to hold a lecture series about Life in Wakefield 1914-1919. A number of lectures have already taken place - with one delivered by QEGS’ own retirees Neil Rigby and Mike Rylance discussing QEGS during the First World War as well as the history of Wakefield Rugby. The project will also see the publication of a book “Wakefield Grammar School Foundation and the Great War” and the production of a mobile exhibition for use in schools - an example of which can be viewed on the back of the magazine.


The annual Lower and Middle School Prize Giving was held in November. Parents gathered in the QE Hall to celebrate the achievements of QEGS younger boys in their special prize giving assembly. Pupils in Years 8 - 11 received prizes for academic achievement, as well as extra-curricular contribution. Parents then enjoyed light refreshments in the Reception Hall as boys continued a normal school day. The following day, celebrations for Speech Day formally commenced with the annual Founders’ Day Service in Wakefield Cathedral. The service celebrated the anniversary of the foundation of QEGS, with the address delivered by the Reverend Canon John Craig, former Precentor of Leicester Cathedral. That afternoon, the QEGS community was delighted to welcome Dr Andy Harter (OS, 1979) as Guest of Honour. Dr Harter, Founder and CEO of Real/VNC and Chair of the Cambridge Network, spoke about how this was his first, poignant return to QEGS since leaving over 30 years ago. He encouraged boys to grasp an opportunity and pursue it, drawing from his own entrepreneurial successes in the business world. He recollected launching a Computer Club during his school days at QEGS, and how this helped shape his future. Many of the Class of 2015 returned from University to receive their A level certificates. They were joined on stage during the event by Year 12 students receiving their GCSE certificates and those Year 13 prize winners. On both days, Spokesman to the Governors, Mr John McLeod joined the Headmaster Mr David Craig in addressing the audience. Many highlights and achievements during the previous school year were recounted, before the distribution of prizes.


Old Savilian Amand Menon (OS, 1984) returned to QEGS in May - his first visit since leaving - to talk to Year 10 about the EU Referendum. Amand is Professor of European Studies at King’s College, London and director of UK in a changing Europe, an impartial academic body. In this capacity he has been touring the UK visiting schools, town halls and universities outlining the case for and against leaving the EU.



Pensioners from across the Wakefield District visited QEGS in December for the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. The evening kicked off with festive entertainment in the QE Hall, accompanied by hot drinks and biscuits. The brass band played Christmas favourites with our special guests singing along. Year 12 boys chaperoned their visitors to the dining hall where tables festooned with Christmas decorations, a fruit starter and Christmas crackers awaited them. Students and teachers waited the tables offering wine, juice and water. A splendid Christmas feast ensued cooked by Mr Monsarratt and the kitchen staff. After dinner, there was chance to win a prize in the raffle and everyone left with a QEGS goody bag!

CAREERS CONVENTION The Foundation Careers Convention took place on Thursday 2 March.

There were over 50 exhibitors on the day including a number of Old Savilians; Matthew Smith (OS, 2008) and Andrew Arnold (OS, 1996) represented Donaldson’s Vets, Tom Coats (OS, 2001) with LCF Law, Jenson Brook (OS, 2014) with PwC, Will Swarbrick (OS, 2012) representing Sheffield University and Barnaby Lynch (OS, 2009) representing Greensill Capital It is always a pleasure to have Old Savilians back in school sharing their knowledge and guiding our current students. If you are interested in attending the next Careers Convention which will take place in March 2018 or in offering mentoring services to our students, please contact Ms Lizzie Hulme,


As the 2015 summer holidays began there was no rest awaiting Y13 student Oliver Burman as he embarked on a journey with a group of intrepid climbers who together conquered Africa’s mighty Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. The Trek4Mandela team reached the Uhuru Peak after a gruelling few days of trekking to raise money and awareness of the Imbumba Foundation Charity which aimed to raise money to help 270, 000 girls across South Africa stay in school by providing much needed health support.


Guest of Honour at the QEGS JS Speech Day this year was Julian Norton (OS, 1990) - now a household name as star of Channel 5s ‘The Yorkshire Vet’. After presenting prizes to the boys, Julian’s spoke of his memories of his days at QEGS, as well as how he has adjusted to being followed into the farm yard by an almost resident film crew! A keen cross country runner since his school days - when he was not only Captain of Cross Country but Deputy Head Boy of the Senior School, Julian still continues his passion for extreme challenges, participating in ski mountaineering! His enthusiasm and commitment to tasks in hand saw him qualify as a Vet from Cambridge University, and he spoke much of the resilience and enthusiasm required to pursue personal goals The proceedings were brought to a close with a fond farwell to the current Year 6 Leavers, and those members of staff moving onto pastures new, including Mrs Cousins who retires after 36 years of teaching at QEGS.


The Governors of Wakefield Grammar School Foundation are delighted to announce that agreement (subject to planning) has been made with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust for the purchase of the former Clayton Hospital site. Both parties can now look forward to the site being regenerated for the benefit of future users. Located between our schools, the purchase of the former Clayton Hospital site will mark a very significant strategic development in the prestigious 425 year history of the Foundation. Given the size of the site and complexity of the project, development will naturally be phased over the coming years. Until planning negotiations are completed during autumn 2016, the exact scope of the development remains fluid. However, new state-of-the art facilities to benefit music and sports provision across the Foundation are proposed, to be enjoyed by future generations of pupils and the Wakefield community.

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SPORTS NEWS Old Savs Return For Annual Sport Fixtures Former QEGS Rugby and Hockey stars were welcomed back to the school in December to take on the current XV and Hockey XI. In Hockey, the school needed a penalty shuffle to win following a thrilling 3-3 draw. (photo below) The Rugby 1st XV won by 5 tries to 1 - meaning they finished Autumn unbeaten for the first time in 20 years.

MCC Cricket Match Ends In Draw Under glorious blue skies, the Cricket 1st XI welcomed an MCC side for their annual fixture in April, which was led by Andrew Rennison (OS, 2005) (right) and umpired by St.John Pilkington (OS, 1973) . Opening the season playing against the MCC was always going to be a massive challenge for the boys. Staying with tradition, the MCC batted first and posted a challenging target of 231-3. Whilst it proved to be well out of reach for the young QEGS team, they maintained their discipline and batted out 59 overs to ensure a draw.

Twickenham FINAL for U18s And what a day it was. With blue skies, and a very fresh breeze to say the least, it was a far cry from the snow which blighted the U15 final of 2013. By early afternoon, swarms of black and gold were congregating around the stadium in expectation of the afternoon ahead. Old Savs, current pupils, girls from WGHS, families, staff (past and present), nearly the whole Junior School and loyal friends of QEGS all came together for what was a memorable occasion - with

2015-16 Rugby Season Review Another very successful 2015-16 rugby season was celebrated by Junior and Senior members of the QEGS Rugby Club at the Annual Rugby Dinner in May. As always, the QE Hall was a packed house. At the start of the evening, the generosity of major sponsors from last year’s Round the World Tour were acknowledged, with a gift, and a few words from Tour Committee Chair John Allott. A magnificent sum of over £80,000 was raised, to support the tour party of 56 boys and 6 members of staff on their trip of a lifetime.


Each age group captain gave a speech documenting their team’s season, before their coach gave their resume and distributed a number of player awards. The evening culminated with a resume of the 1st XV’s season, and their path to Twickenham in March. Head of

flags, face paints, headbands and of course, the yellow and black afros! Whilst the result, 18-10 to a very strong Bromsgrove side, may not have gone our way, every member of the team gave their all. It was an incredible journey in the cup and to have reached the final at HQ for the first time since 2000 was a tremendous achievement. Trevor Barker “I don’t think we had the rub of the green, especially at the breakdown. But Bromsgrove were just that bit more powerful and we lost our shape at times. Overall I’m really proud of the team’s performance.” Rugby, Trevor Barker, gave a touching tribute the squad - arguably the most successful 1st XV squad in the history of QEGS - with special mention to the Year 13 Leavers. A record 22 rugby colours were awarded at the end of the season - testimony to the calibre of players who have represented the school this season.

Training Session With Ex-England RugbY Boss A week before the QEGS U18 Nat West Cup Final appearance at Twickenham in March, QEGS 1st XV got an incredible surprise in one of their training sessions. Former England Rugby coach Stuart Lancaster kindly donned his training kit to come and put the boys through their paces.

The session started off with a presentation by Stuart about managing various aspects of the game - including defensive strategies, before moving outdoors to put theory into practise. About 40 Senior boys benefited from the session, and experienced first hand the training regime of an England coach. The Junior School U11 squad also came up to watch some of the training session, which no doubt will have inspired them to aim towards Senior rugby at QEGS in years to come.

Athletics Both the Junior Boys and Intermediate Boys Athletics Teams reached the Regional Round of the ESAA Cup, held at Harvey Haddon Stadium, Nottingham. A great achievement from the whole squad involved. At the Mount St Mary’s Fixtures, the Intermediate Boys won the competition with some brilliant individual displays resulting in a high scoring team win. The Junior Boys also secured the Mount St Mary’s Competition, winning the relay to come back and win by one point!

WGHS X-Country Team

Congratulations must also go to the boys who were selected to compete for Wakefield District in the West Yorkshire Athletics Competition. A great achievement of their individual performances this year.

GrAHAM GOOCH HANDS OUT 2016 CRICKET AWARDS Thanks to the support of the QEGS Sports Association Graham Gooch OBE, DL presented the prizes at this year’s annual Cricket Presentation evening. After the captains’ speeches prizes were awarded across a range of categories for each age group. Many parents and pupils gathered to hear Graham share tales of his time as a professional cricketer and to offer his advice to future players of the game.

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The Old Savilians Club The Old Savilians Club was formed in 1898 and took its name from The Savile Family, the benefactors who brought ‘Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield’ into existence in 1591. The current Old Savilian Club Committee consists of: Andrew Beales (S, 2014-present), Jason Brook (OS, 1979-1990), Dean Bunnell (OS, 1965-1970, FS 19802009), Simon Chamberlain (OS, 1981-1988), Guy Cliff (S, 1987-1996), David Craig (Head, 2010-present), Andrew Darnton (OS, 1996-2003), Mark Fitzsimons (S,1993-present), John Glover (FP), Douglas Haigh (FS, 1976-2005), Mike Halls (FS, 1969-2008), Lizzie Hulme (S, 2010-present), Ben Korosi (OS, 2004-2011), Alistair McKinlay (OS, 1979-1990), Richard Milner (OS, 19741983), Al Rees (S, 2007 - present), Neal Rigby (FS, 19712009), Ian Shackleton (OS, 1969-1980), Sam Whiting (OS, 1996-2003) (OS=Old Sav, S=Staff, FS=Fomer Staff, FP=Fomer Parent)

As well as former pupils, present and former members of school staff or the governing body are eligible for membership. Throughout its existence the Club has remained remarkably faithful to its original objectives and even to the means by which they can be promoted. These objectives are to promote good fellowship of all Old Savilians, to strengthen the links between past and present, and to promote the interests of the School and its alumni.

If you would be interested in joining the committee please contact Lizzie Hulme,

The programme of dinners and events, organised in conjunction with the School, now extends to include regional, university dinners and international dinners. In sport, the original programme, which called for an ‘Annual Old Savilian Cricket and Football Match’ has been steadily extended.

Old Sav Retires From Council After 40 Years Of Service Richard C Briggs tendered his resignation from the Old Savilians Club Council having given 40 years unbroken service. Richard joined the Council in 1976 and served as President in 1983. His contribution to Council and The Old Savilians Club has been significant and he will be missed. We wish him well. Floreas Wakefieldia!

From the outset dinners and sporting events have been seen as a vital means of pursuing the Club’s objectives. The first annual dinner was held in the School Hall (now the School’s reception hall) on January 11,1899.

Above all, the Club exists to strengthen the bonds between all those who have shared experience of belonging to QEGS, a school proud of its reputation for friendliness and community as well as tradition and success. The Old Savilians’ Club Committee are meeting on the following dates during 2016:- 13 September, 17 November (AGM). Meetings are currently held in the Spilsbury Library at QEGS at 8pm. Interested Old Savilians are welcome to attend.

The Development Office The Development Office coordinates mutually beneficial relationships with alumni, parents and other friends of QEGS Wakefield and Wakefield Girls’ High School under the auspices of Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, a registered charity. A large part of this is focused around developing the wider school community through facilitating events and activities which engage parents and former pupils in the life of the Foundation’s Schools. Our alumni and parents have a vested interest in helping to maintain both QEGS and WGHS as two of the country’s leading independent schools, and they are keen to keep abreast of current developments at School as well as with each other. Many will contribute back to school life in some way, whether by helping with our careers programme, being part of a thriving community or by making a philanthropic gift. Some do all three! Gifts to support either WGHS or QEGS help in numerous ways by providing additional learning resources and enhanced academic and social facilities, providing scholarships to ensure that we continue to attract the most talented pupils from all backgrounds, and financing bursaries to help those experiencing financial difficulties.


OddBalls raises awareness of testicular cancer

Will Cooper, OS 2009 and now Brand and Marketing Manager at OddBalls

The QEGS community was delighted to welcome back Old Sav Will Cooper (OS, 2009) to QEGS in November, in his role as Brand and Marketing Manager for OddBalls.

course the many dazzling, quirky and slightly garish products themselves! He also took the time to reflect on his own school days at QEGS.

Oddballs was the brainchild of former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper and ex-Newcastle Falcons star Richard Metcalfe who teamed up with the former Falcons’ chief-executive Paul Varley to launch the colourful boxer short range as an effective way to raise money for a number of men’s cancer charities.

For Old Savilians wishing to buy any boxer shorts, a generous 10% is available by quoting QEGS10 at checkout at myoddballs. com - the boxer shorts are currently only available online!

In keeping with Movember, Will talked to the boys about men’s health and testicular cancer, his role at OddBalls and of

Will gave a speech to the assembled School during his visit

You can give @myoddballs a follow on Twitter. Remember Old Savs - celebrate manliness and look after your health!

Will with a number of students and the OddBalls range

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Young AlumnI Project The Young Alumni Project ‘A Foundation in Wakefield’ was completed in October last year and we are delighted to report that it was very well received by those alumni that featured in it, current staff, students and the wider community. It is our intention to put together another book in the future. If this is something you would be interested in being involved with please let us know, all we need is:

100-150 words about yourself and what you are doing now A photo(s) of you and/or your work Any websites or other media outlets to promote your work

We also understand that for many, time is precious and possibly in short supply. If you would still like to be involved, but feel unable to offer the time commitment for writing your own submission, please feel free to send some basic facts to Development Officer, Lizzie Hulme, and we would be pleased to collate a submission on your behalf.

MAtthew OGG CLASS OF 2005 Team Da Nang-Vietnam, Circumnavigator & Boat Media Director Matthew began his professional career with the Eidos Institute, an Australian public policy think-tank, in a dual role as Manager - Institute Partnerships and Executive Officer for Eidos International. Responsibilities included managing university relations and facilitating collaboration in the spheres of Government, Industry and University Research. He was also key in spearheading Eidos’ International ventures with the launch of an Eidos South Africa network and Inaugural Annual Congress. Keen to move his career forward, he became Public Affairs & Policy Assistant at the Airport Operations Association in London while completing his Master’s before an opportunity to intern at Tetra Strategy arose. He was appointed to a permanent role which he held for nearly three years, working across public and corporate affairs, political research and analysis and media & political monitoring in sectors ranging from energy and transport to defence. Currently, Matthew is circumnavigating the globe as a crew member on board Team Da Nang-Vietnam in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. He is also the team’s Boat Media Director, responsible for a wide range of media output including still and moving imagery, and Deputy Team Co-ordinator. The race began on 30 August 2015 at St Katharine Docks, Wapping London and will finish in July 2016.


James Crapper CLASS OF 2013 Luthier Throughout his career at QEGS, James’ passion was music. He played in many school bands on both guitar and trumpet. He also sang with the Foundation Choir. In Year 12 he recorded an album with the folk band ‘Ceol’. Following completion of his A Levels, rather than going to university, he chose the road less travelled, moving to Ireland to study lutherie, the craft of making string instruments. There he learned traditional methods of guitar building by hand and eye, and was also encouraged to explore new modern concepts. James combines traditional craftsmanship with exotic tonewoods, carbon fibre bracing, offset soundholes, soundports and other such features to create the highest quality instruments, both tonally and aesthetically. James is now back in Yorkshire building bespoke acoustic guitars and repairing instruments in his workshop. Each guitar is the culmination of approximately 150 hours of work with each piece of timber being hand selected and individually fine-tuned. The end product is a truly unique guitar of the finest quality.

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Professor Derek A. Long, left, noted biographer of Joseph Moxon, and Robert McClements, right, CDi Yorkshire Chief Executive who brought Moxon’s achievements to the schools’ attention, with the Moxon commemorative shield.


A Restoration Polymath

On Friday 18 March, QEGS and CDi Yorkshire joined forces to celebrate the life of one of Yorkshire’s most influential early scientists and printers. 17th Century polymath Joseph Moxon was inducted into Queen Elizabeth Grammar School’s hall of fame and will sit amongst other famous Old Savilians including John Radcliffe (1650-1714), Physician to Queen Anne, Richard Bentley FRS (1662-1742), Master of Trinity College and John Potter (1674-1747) Archbishop of Canterbury. Joseph Moxon contributed significantly to the fields of printing, instrument making, cartography and hydrography. In 1663 he was appointed Hydrographer to King Charles II and through the Royal Society was an acquaintance of scientists such as Robert Hook and Isaac Newton. In November 1678, he became the first ‘tradesman’ to be elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society. The event began with a lecture by Professor Derek A. Long, noted biographer of Moxon. The commemorative plaque was then unveiled by Chief Executive of CDi Yorkshire, Mr Robert McClements (OS, 1963-1971), who brought Moxon’s achievements to the School’s attention. The vote of thanks was given by Mr John Watson, President of the CDi Yorkshire. QEGS Headmaster, David Craig commented “QEGS has produced a host of influential figures over its 425 year history and it is quite right that we are finally celebrating the contribution of Joseph Moxon – a man of so many talents and someone both the school and the city can be proud to say ‘he was a son of Wakefield!’”

Professor Derek A Long holding his book: ‘At The Sign Of Atlas’ The Life and Work of Joseph Moxon a Restoration Polymath

QEGS Headmaster David Craig delivering his introductory speech

John Watson, President of CDi Yorkshire ended the event with a vote of thanks

Robert McClements (OS 1963 - 1971) unveils the Moxon plaque

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Manchester March 2016

Edinburgh, March 2016 Our first joint drinks event took place in Leeds in September 2015. Over 70 Old Savilians and Old Girls met in the Chateau Lounge, Malmaison Hotel in Leeds. Joined by Mr Craig, Headmaster, Mr Fitzsimons and Mr Tingle, Old Savs were able to reminisce about their school days and reconnect with their contemporaries over drinks and canapes. We are delighted to confirm this will be a permanent fixture on our annual events calendar. Find out when we will be back at Malmaison in 2016 on page three or at www.qegsonline.

Leeds, September 2015

Leeds, September 2015


OS Durham Dinner, March 2016

Regional events took place in Cambridge, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham!

OS Cambridge Dinner, January 2016

OS Cambridge Dinner, January 2016

OS Cambridge Dinner, January 2016

Birmingham March 2016

EVENTS It’s been an incredibly successful year for our alumni and reunion events with QEGS Old Savilians meeting up in almost every corner of the country. Here’s the best of 2015-16

We had an incredibly fun joint drinks event in London in May 2016! We’ll be back again in September for the Annual London Dinner.

London Drinks Joint Event, May 2016

London Drinks Joint Event, May 2016

Birmginham Joint Event,

London Drinks Joint Event, May 2016

London Rugby Drinks, Sept.March 2015 2016

Birmingham Drinks Event, March 2016

Daily Mail Cup Final, Twickenham Daily Mail Cup Final, Twickenham, March 2016

Daily Mail Cup Final, Twickenham

Daily Mail Cup Final, Twickenham

Daily Mail Cup Final, Twickenham

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On Friday 18 December around 180 Old Savilians gathered in the QE Hall for the 2015 edition of the Annual Dinner. Attendees enjoyed a three-course meal before speeches from current QEGS Headmaster David Craig and former QEGS Headmaster Michael Gibbons who was at the school from 2000 to 2010. It was an eclectic mix of age groups with a large cohort

Trevor Barker, John Cholewa, Mike Halls


from the most recent QEGS leavers, the Class of 2015, in attendance. There were cheers and raised glasses in celebration as Old Savilians from as far back as the 1930s made themselves known in the traditional dinner game of toasting their former headmasters and headmistresses. The evening culminated in a bombastic rendition of the School Song before Old Savilians from around the country parted ways for another year.

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Did you attend QEGS on a Bursary, Scholarship, Assisted Place or under the Direct Grant Scheme? QEGS has a rich history of educating pupils from a wide range of social backgrounds. Some of our most influential Old Boys attended the School thanks to a bursary or scholarship, a tradition that continues to this day. We are interested in hearing from Old Savilians who benefited from bursaries who would be prepared to share their stories about how attending QEGS changed their life. For more information or to share your story please contact developmentoffice@, 01924 231 642

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IAIN MARLOW Assistant Director, Deloitte LLP (Manchester)


Alec Tinker Registered Osteopath, Penistone


Andrew Firth Creative Director at Mammal Advertising Agency (Balmain)


Daniel House Artist at Dan House Arts


Alec Tinker (OS, 2009)


2005 FST Commander with the Royal Artillery

Mark PIckard Policy Advisor for HM Treasury



DR Philip Sellars

2004 Research Fellow in Sustainable Materials at Warwick Manufacturing Group

Dr Andrew Sellars

2006 R & D Chemist at Kingspan Insulation Limited


Investment Banker, Greensill Capital


Michael McKinlay-Smith Director of Law Property Litigation


Simon Lawrence

1976 Publisher / Owner, The Fleece Press, a publisher of handmade books

Ian Sale

James Dwyer CEO at StratusRed, IT Services

Mark Smith

Barnaby Lynch

GUy Roberts Architect and Partner at Arturus Architects LLP (Bristol)

1987 Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist / Hon Senior Clinical Tutor for Hull York Medical School

1995 Global Head, Liquidity Management Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi Group

Iain Marlow (OS, 2000)


Dr Nicholas Sykes

Managing Director at Lloyds Banking Group


lee Cholewa

Andrew Pesterfield (OS, 1995)

1996 Head of Physical Education at St Marks C of E Academy, Head Coach at Sutton & Epsom Rugby Club.

Andrew Pesterfield

1995 Head of Careers and Teacher of Biology at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.


2012 Graduated with a double first in Astrophysics from Robinson College , Cambridge

Lee Cholewa (OS, 1996)

Colin Fuller (OS, 1951) We are delighted to share with you that Hazel Fuller (nee Davis OG, 1951) and Colin Fuller (OS, 1951) celebrated their Diamond Wedding on August 6 2015. Hazel and Colin met at Wakefield Cathedral when Colin was a choirboy and both were students at WGHS and QEGS respectively. Colin used to carry Hazel’s books to school and they have many happy memories of their time here. They were married in Wakefield Cathedral in 1955 and returned to Oxford in preparation for Colin joining the Colonial Service in Kenya. On leave in 1960, their first child Mark was born in Wakefield joined in 1962 by Penelope, who was born in Nairobi. Hazel and Colin returned to the UK in 1968, Colin becoming a lecturer at Manchester University training Senior Civil Servants from overseas. Jonathan completed the family in 1970, ten years after Mark was born. On August 9 they were joined by their six grandchildren when they renewed their vows in St Michael’s Church Bramhall, Cheshire where they have worshiped for over 47 years.

Congratulations to Hazel and Colin from everyone at QEGS!

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Prof. Sir Hans Kornberg FRS (OS, 1945)

for Dr Hans Krebs at the University of Sheffield who encouraged him to study further and apply for a scholarship at the same university. He graduated with a BSc Honours in Chemistry in 1949 and a PhD in 1953 for a thesis entitled ‘Studies on gastric urease’. He went on to work in several biochemistry laboratories in the USA before his return to the UK where he took up a post with his mentor Hans Krebs at Oxford University. This partnership produced a paper published in ‘Nature’, concerning their discovery of the Glyoxylate cycle, and also a joint book which was the first major publication on biological thermodynamics.

QEGS has seen many boys through its doors since they opened in 1591. Musicians, sportsmen, clergy and scholars are but some of the professions in which QEGS boys have succeeded. One such Old Savilian, Hans Kornberg, began his academic journey at QEGS. Born of Jewish parents, Hans left Nazi Germany and was entrusted to the care of an uncle in Yorkshire. On completing his QEGS education, he became a junior laboratory technician

In 1960 Hans was appointed to the first Chair in Biochemistry at the University of Leicester, which he held until 1975 when he was elected to the Sir William Dunn Chair of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. In 1963 he was awarded the Colworth Medal, the first person to receive it. From 1982 to 1995 he was the 34th Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge. In 1995 he left the Cambridge chair to take up a position as a Professor of Biology at Boston University, USA, where he teaches biochemistry. His major research area is the nature and regulation of carbohydrate transport in micro-organisms.

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Rohan Silva (OS, 1999) Rohan Silva, (OS, 1999) former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister investigated Could a Robot Do My Job for Panorama. Rohan looked at workplaces already using machines and artificial intelligence to replace jobs and questioned should we feel threatened by it or not? Rohan was also guest Business Editor over the 2015 festive period for Radio 4s The Today Programme, the BBC’s flagship news programme.

Dhrupad Karwa

Matthew WoodHead

(OS, 2010) Dhrupad Karwa, (OS, 2010) has Co-Founded a mobile app, HaikuJAM through which people connect to create poetic expressions together. The App is available for free on iOS and Android. The framework for HaikuJAM is inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Haiku. Since its launch in March, the app has featured in Forbes, The New York Times, BBC, TechCrunch, CNET, YourStory and was selected amongst the ‘50 Best Creative Apps’ globally by The Guardian.

(OS, 2011) Matt Woodhead (OS, 2011) brought his theatre company FYSA to the Alhambra in Bradford. The critically acclaimed piece of documentary theatre The 56 pays homage to the supporters who lost their lives in the Valley Parade football disaster. This was particularly poignant as this year is the 30th anniversary of the tragedy.

Tom Maskill (OS, 2015) Over the past few months Tom Maskill (OS, 2015) and three friends have been creating Jropp, a job search and application website which will reduce two hours of searching into around 15 minutes. Using a more modern approach, switching the traditional long lists of jobs to a horizontal live stream, they hope to both increase the number of suitable applicants and reduce the time spent scrolling through jobs. Tom and his team attended the CIPD Recruitment Exhibition on the 15th and 16th of June to launch the service to recruiters. Tom was a QEGS Savile Scholar, awarded after receiving his outstanding GCSE results, was a 2014 finalist in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Proud of Barnsley Awards and alongside his current studies at Warwick University, runs his own company, Masworth Media & Products.


Rory Ingham (OS, 2013) Rory Ingham (OS, 2013) has recently received an endorsement by one of the world’s leading trombone manufacturers – Michael Roth Trombones, based in Huddersfield. Rory is a jazz trombonist, educator, composer and arranger. He has played with internationally-acclaimed musicians such as Elliot Mason, Dennis Rollins, Rick Taylor, Soweto Kinch, Newton Faulkner, Steve Berry, Liane Carroll, and Dave Liebman. All the more impressive as he is just 19 years old. Rory is a regular performer at prestigious venues/festivals across the UK including Ronnie Scott’s, 606 Club, Spice of Life, London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Leeds O2, Band on the Wall, Abbey Road Studios, and most recently the Royal Albert Hall where he was a featured soloist.

scheme. Since then the group have received much acclaim and have played at many high-profile British jazz festivals and venues including Scarborough Jazz Festival, Liverpool International Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival.

In 2014, Rory set up the award-winning jazz quintet ‘Jam Experiment’. Their debut gig was supporting Liane Carroll, after which they went on to win the 2014 Jazz North Introduces

Rory also has his own quartet who play regularly in London. He is currently a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and is studying jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Ed Barratt (OS, 2001) Ed Barratt’s (OS, 2001) film company Hook Pictures was one of three North East Companies to have been included on a list of the 50 most dynamic creative firms in England. The list, which was released at a meeting of top creative firms at Google’s HQ in London, highlights the individuals and businesses which have turned innovative ideas into commercial successes. To the left is a poster of the film The Rise, one of the projects Ed’s company produced over the past year.

Welcome class of 2016 With this academic year now at its end, we welcome the QEGS Class of 2016 to the ranks of the Old Savilians Club.

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Obituaries Arthur Johnson Old Savilian, 1916-1920 Arthur Johnson was born in Wakefield on 10 November 1904. He was the second son of Burley Johnson, who went on to be Mayor of Wakefield in 1929-30, Chairman of the Education Committee and Spokesman for the Governors of Wakefield Grammar School Foundation. Like his brothers Harold (OS, 1913-22) and Ernest (OS, 191822), Arthur Johnson attended QEGS on a scholarship where he was very happy. He qualified as a barrister at Gray’s Inn and was part of the prosecution team at the Nuremberg War Trials after WWII. He spent most of his professional life as a lawyer in East Africa. He returned to the UK after retirement and died in Bournemouth on 31 May 2001 aged 97. His wife Nina Johnson died in March 2014. His pastimes included carpentry and metal work, and when he visited his school in the late 1990s with his nephew Graham Johnson (OS,1958-65) he was shown round by the then Headmaster, Mr Robert Mardling. He was very interested in the design technology facilities being developed at that time. In a letter of wishes written before his death and enacted last year, Mr Johnson expressed a desire to help those who might follow him to attend QEGS. Being the son of a largely self-educated man who came to Wakefield as iron founder, Arthur was very keen that local boys from relatively humble backgrounds should continue to have the benefit of education at the Grammar School following the ending of Direct Grant status. Thanks to his kind and generous gift a future QEGS boy will receive a bursary in order to attend the school. We are grateful to the Johnson Family for supporting a bursary in memory of Arthur Johnson. If you would like to support a bursary or dedicate a bursary to the memory of one of your friends or relatives, please contact the development office on 01924 231 642,

Frank Hughes Old Savilian, 1933 - 1940 It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Old Savilian Frank Hughes, aged 92. Frank was an active member of the Old Sav’s community, often letting us know news of his contemporaries and attending the dinners when he could. Frank was a boarder at QEGS and was in the next bed to Old Savilian Dennis Hallam; keeping in touch until Dennis’ death on New Year’s Eve 2014. On leaving school, Frank joined the Scottish Widows Life


Assurance Society and apart from 4 years in the RAF during World War Two, Frank was with them in Sheffield and Leeds until his retirement. During the war Frank served in Nigeria for 18 months. Frank met his wife, Nancy, also in the RAF, and they later married, have two children, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Sadly after retirement, Frank’s eyesight declined rapidly until he lost his sight totally after five years. Not daunted by this, Frank set about learning braille and touch typing so that he could continue to read and write to friends. Frank and Nancy continued to enjoy holidays in Austria, Switzerland and the Lake District. Frank’s love of the Lake District stemmed from school trips there, especially in Borrowdale and the Derwent-Water area. Although having no sight for 26 years, Frank was still able to enjoy the lower level walks. Frank leaves his wife Nancy, two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Raymond Bostock Old Savilian, 1947 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of John Raymond Bostock (OS, 1947) who passed away on 29 September 2015, aged 85. Ray was a former Leader of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Council 1974-1980, Mayor in 1986-1987, and later appointed as an Honorary Alderman of the borough. After leaving QEGS, where he was a Choral Scholar, Raymond undertook his national service in the RAF and was stationed for a time at RAF Feltwell where he earned his wings flying Harvards - ultimately becoming a jet pilot flying Meteors. Having studied with the RAF for a short period at Manchester University, Ray returned in the early 1960s to read for a law degree. He returned to Norfolk and taught history and PE at Downham Market Secondary School before entering into articles in the firm of Metcalfe, Copeman and Pettefar, qualifying as a solicitor in 1971 and senior partner in 1980 before retiring in 1990. In 1967 he was elected to Downham Market Urban District Council, acting as a councillor until 1974, having been leader in 1972-1973. The then Councillor Ray Bostock was appointed to the Reorganisation Committee for the local government changes of 1974 and chaired the Steering Committee that led to the formation of West Norfolk District Council, and in 1981 the award of Borough status to form the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Council. In his retirement Raymond was also a racehorse owner and trainer. He was married to Angela and had three children, Mamie, Dean and Wade.

A GIFT THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE Queen Elizabeth Grammar School was founded 425 years ago. Throughout that time gifts left in wills have helped shape our school. Some have enriched our community with gifts of art, books or music. Some have left money that has sparked small yet important projects; others have inspired the creation of larger buildings. Most importantly of all, some have given the gift of a QEGS education.


Leaving your school a gift in your will is a great way to ensure generations of young people will follow you at QEGS. By helping us to provide outstanding teachers and top class facilities you will help us to inspire even more young people to tackle some of the world’s big problems.

Such a petition was granted on 19 November 1591 at the request of leading citizens in Wakefield, and so Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield was born. Early supporters included George Savile, who gave the piece of land on which the original school was built, and whose name inspires the Old Savilians Club today. Those who follow in this tradition, by leaving a gift in their will to support the School, are invited to join the 1591 Society.

Whether through science, music, industry or the arts, QEGS has a long history of motivating young men to make a difference, some as world leaders and others through serving their communities. A QEGS education will inspire the men of tomorrow, but to do so we need your help. Whatever you want a gift in your will to achieve, it will make a real difference to those who follow you at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield.

Leaving a gift in your will is easy to do and will give the gift of a QEGS education to future generations. If you are one of those Old Savilians who already plans to do so, thank you.

REMEMBERING FAMILY & FRIENDS Family and friends should always come first, but by also remembering Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in your will, you can give the gift of a QEGS education to future generations.


QEGS is part of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, a Registered Charity No: 1088415. This means there may be positive implications to leaving a gift to the QEGS in your will.

In 1563 a local mercer (dealer in textiles), Frances Gaunt, left instructions in his will that a house and 10 shillings a year forever be granted “to the use of the free school if any such fortune be within the town of Wakefield”. This was the first of many such gifts which enabled the founders of the School to approach the monarch to grant the school a charter.

By way of recognition and as a thank you, we invite you to a special lunch each year with the Headmaster and other senior figures from the Foundation. This lets you keep in touch with like-minded friends and to remain closely involved with the development of your school. It will also mean you can be confident that we understand your wishes and intentions. If you have already made provision for QEGS Wakefield in your will, please do let us know. This will allow us to thank you for your generosity in your lifetime.

HOW TO MAKE A GIFT IN YOUR WILL If you would like to make a gift to QEGS in your will we suggest that you contact your solicitor, bank or other recognised will-writing service.

There is a range of information available on our website including a guide to making or updating your will, a simple form of words you can use in your will and a suitable codicil form. Simply search for “QEGS Wakefield, A gift in your will”. If you would like to discuss your gift to QEGS in confidence, please contact the Development Office, developmentoffice@, 01924 231 642.

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Mr Peter Hawkin ATD Former member of staff, 1946 - 1981 It is with great sadness that we report the death of former QEGS Art Master, Peter Hawkin, who has died aged 98 after a short illness. Art Master at QEGS for 35 years between 1946 -1981, Peter will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was educated at the City of Leeds School and Leeds College of Art before serving in the RAMC in the Middle East during WWII. At School, Peter was known for being an immaculately dressed gentleman and his kindness and patience were legendary. Many of his pupils got their first real thirst for art after joining him on one of his many London expeditions, and owe much to his kindly but persuasive guidance, to his expertise and to his great faith in people. Peter was also famous for his theatrical set design for school and staff productions. A reminder of his insistence on accuracy and the importance of detail were epitomised in the construction of the stained glass window for the set of ‘Murder in the Cathedral’, which was painstakingly copied from Canterbury Cathedral. This, like so many of his creations, was unveiled to rapturous applause from the audience.

John Scott LVO

In so many ways Peter played an influential part in School life. He was a lover of cricket and coached the QEGS Colts team over many years. He was something of a bowler himself and was one of the stalwarts of the Staff XI. He sang tenor in the school choir and was a regular contributor to the Crossword Society. In a time before computers, Peter was responsible for the production of many of the illuminated certificates and prizes given out at Speech Day. He also took charge of the day to day decor throughout the school, and carefully selected pictures to adorn its quiet corners, several of which still gently educate the boys today. In 1981 Peter retired to Easby, near Richmond, North Yorkshire. Beloved husband of the late Isabel, he is survived by his four children Sheila, Richard, Iain and Stephen, all of whom attended WGSF schools.

Michael Green Old Savilian, 1967-1974

Old Savilian, 1968 - 1975

We are saddened by the sudden loss on Wednesday 12 August, of John Gavin Scott LVO.

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Old Savilian Michael Green. Michael attended QEGS between 1968 and 1975 and was one of only two academic scholarship students.

John was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on June 18 1956, where he was a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral under Jonathan Bielby, and attended QEGS Wakefield. While in Sixth Form, John was also Assistant Organist at Wakefield Cathedral.

Michael left QEGS to study medicine at Leeds University. After graduation, Michael joined Barnsley District Hospital Anaesthetic Department. He went on to become Senior Anaesthetist and after 25 years with the hospital took early retirement, aged 58.

After leaving school he was an organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, working with George Guest, and in 1978 – a year after his first appearance at the Proms, the youngest organist to appear there – he won the Manchester International Organ Competition. In 1984 he won the Bach International Organ Competition in Leipzig. John served as Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral for 26 years. Since 2004 he was Director of Music at St Thomas Church and Choir School, 5th Avenue, New York. Scott was appointed LVO in 2004. He married Carolyn Lumsden in 1979. That marriage was dissolved and in 2013 he married Lily Ardalan. She survives him with a son and daughter from his first marriage.


Sadly, Michael died suddenly of a stroke on 17 May 2015, just six months into his retirement.

Every attempt is made to record the details of Old Savilians and former members of staff in these Obituaries. We apologise for any errors or omissions from this section of the magazine and would welcome Old Savilians and their relatives to contact us to place obituaries and other notices. 01924 231 642,

WAKEFIELD Grammar SCHOOL AND THE GREAT WAR The first in a series of articles about school life in WWI by Neal Rigby and Elaine Merckx For more detailed information visit In 1855 W.G.S. moved from its Elizabethan building to its present home on Northgate. Expansion followed, including the foundation of Wakefield Girls’ High School in 1878 and construction of additional buildings on the Northgate site. The Junior School opened in 1910 and that year the Foundation formally opened its new playing fields off Blenheim and College Grove Roads. In 1898 existing links between former pupils were consolidated by the creation of the Old Savilians’ Club, in whose formation the Senior School’s Second Master, Charles Henry Head, was a key figure. In 1900, the school song was written and a little later a House system was set up. By 1914-15 W.G.S. Senior School had 290 pupils and a staff of 16. The school had two Headmasters during the First World War: Joseph Edwin Barton M.A. and Alfred John Spilsbury M.A.

Photograph of the rear of the QEGS main building taken in 1914

In 1903 54% of students came from Wakefield and most of the remainder from surrounding districts. Scholarships were important. At the Old Savilians’ Club’s Annual Dinner in 1920 Mr. Spilsbury observed that ‘if they looked into the past history of the school a good many of the boys who had entered with scholarships had done the most, intellectually and athletically, for the school’. Old boys included John Radcliffe (Queen Anne’s physician and Oxford benefactor), Edmund Cartwright (inventor) and Richard Henry Lee (one of the architects of American Independence). W.G.S. remained proud of its identity as a Northern grammar school, rooted in its locality and diverse in its social composition. The pages of the Admissions Register on which occurs Christopher Sugden (the first Old Savilian to be killed in the First World War) list a range of parental occupations: solicitor and registrar, colliery clerk, chartered accountant, coachman, miner, engineer, labourer, schoolmaster and tramways manager. Lord Wolfenden, who attended the school from 1912, paid it a warm tribute in his memoirs:

In this 1903 photograph of the School Staff Mr. Peacock (Headmaster and composer of the music for the school song) is seated at front centre. Charles Head (Second Master and co-founder of the Old Savilians’ Club) is on Mr. Peacock’s right. On Charles Head’s right is H.G. Abel, Classics Master and author of the words of the school song

Academically we were more or less homogeneous: in other respects we were very different, socially, financially and linguistically……I cannot imagine a better instrument for social mixing or social mobility than a good grammar school in the North of England at the beginning of this century. (John Wolfenden, Turning Points Publ. The Bodley Head London 1972).

Most W.G.S. students entered civilian occupations in the years before 1914. However, service was honoured, especially in times of crisis. The school proudly recalled its Old Boys’ service in the militia during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; against the France of Napoleon III in the 1860s; and in the Second Boer War (1899-1902). The school had no Cadet Force until one was instituted by Mr Spilsbury in 1917. Until 1916 Spilsbury had been Head of Classics at the City of London School. There he had also been the Commanding Officer of the school’s Officer Training Corps.

The W.G.S. Cadet Corps continued until government support for the scheme ended in 1930. Cadet James Alexander Cracknell, who joined W.G.S. at the age of 13 in January 1918, is shown here in his Cadet uniform. Students in the war years were heavily involved in many aspects of war work: helping to raise funds for refugees, for tanks, for relief funds and assisting in Y.MC.A. camps and on the land. One of their more unusual wartime contributions was recorded in 1917: An effort has been made (not perhaps as vigorous an effort as was hoped) to collect chestnuts in response to the Government notices. The boarders went on two or three expeditions to Chevet Woods, and returned laden with spoil.

James Alexander Cracknell (OS, 1918 - 1919)

Alfred Spilsbury is seated on our right as we look at this photograph of the City of London School’s Officer Training Corps. He instituted a Cadet Force at W.G.S. in 1917 shortly after becoming Headmaster

(Chaim Weizmann, a Biochemist at Manchester University, had developed a process for extracting acetone from horse chestnuts. Acetone, needed in the production of the explosive cordite, was in short supply by 1916).

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Oh what a site! WHAT IS ? It is QEGS Wakefield's online alumni community. It provides a new way to interact with other Old Boys, The Old Savilians Club and the School. All former pupils of QEGS, Wakefield as well as current and former members of staff can join the site. Best of all it is free to join and use. WHAT SORT OF THINGS ARE ON THE SITE? WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Reconnect with your contemporaries and search for QEGS, Wakefield alumni around the world. KEEP IN TOUCH Find out about the latest QEGS news and events. You can also post your own news and respond to event invitations. YOUR PROFILE Create your own user profile with direct links to your other social networks, including Facebook, LinkedIn, & Twitter. YOUR ARCHIVE An online archive of School Magazines, Photographs, Diaries and more. You can even add content to the archive yourself. PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS Advertise your skills and professional services to other members through www.’s searchable business card register.

CAREERS MENTORING Search for an online careers mentor or volunteer to become one through www.oldsavilians. club. Why not offer your knowledge, skills and advice to other alumni seeking career guidance or work experience? To register or log on go to COMPETITIONS With free online competitions you could win some great prizes. PHOTO BOARDS View photos of past events or upload your own photos from your time at QEGS, Wakefieldand beyond. UPDATE YOUR DETAILS Help us to keep in touch with you by ensuring that your personal details are up-to-date. You can also easily notify us of particular events which are of interest to you.

HOW DO I REGISTER? 1) Go to in your web browser. 2) Click on the ‘Haven’t signed up yet? Register’ link. 3) Complete the online questions that will allow us to authenticate your identity. Please remember to provide a current email address. 4) Read and accept the terms and conditions. 5) You will receive an email to confirm successful registration.

It is safe and secure, and makes it easy for you to stay in touch with other Old Boys”

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The Old Savilian Magazine - Vol. 1  
The Old Savilian Magazine - Vol. 1  

The inaugural edition of The Old Savilian, the alumni magazine of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield.