Wulfrunian 2017

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ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Jonathan Crawford explains why giving back is the best lasting impression


In Fond Remembrance News from the School Old Wulfrunians Association Old Wulfrunians in America The Class of 2017 WULFRUNIAN 2017

Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Wulfrunian

The Wulfrunian magazine is a great way to keep up to date with Wolverhampton Grammar School and the rest of our alumni community, affectionately known as Old Wulfrunians. In this issue we hear from many Old Wulfrunians including Stephen Billing who will be guest of honour at the Old Wulfrunians Annual Dinner on Saturday 3rd March. The annual dinner is always a sell out so make sure you reserve your place as soon as possible. Also in this edition and on the front cover, Jonathan Crawford tells us about what shaped his entrepreneurial spirit. Jonathan joined Wolverhampton Grammar School with the help of a Sports Scholarship after his football talent was spotted by a member of staff. His exceptional gift has not gone unnoticed by professional football clubs either, but ever the industrialist, Jonathan has made sure he secured his academic credentials at School before embarking on an Automotive Design degree at Coventry University. He has also launched his own company, VOYCE clothing. Jonathan is living proof of what a difference the opportunity of an education at Wolverhampton Grammar School can bring. Without generous benefactors, he would not have had the opportunity. That’s why he has agreed to be a Fundraising Ambassador for School. He’s sharing his story and giving back, will you?

Contents In the Common Room


We Are Officially Excellent


Staff Retirees Lunch


In Conversation with Ian Tyler and George Fouracres


Features Entrepreneurial Spirit: An interview with Jonathan Crawford

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The Life Sciences

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The Best Medicine

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Keeper of Fives

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Generation Laceby

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We Need You

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A Lasting Legacy

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Community, Events and Celebrations In Fond Remembrance

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Football Team Reunion


OWs in the USA


Stay in Touch

Old Wulfrunians Association

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OW Community News & London Reunion

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Old Wulfrunian Sport Festival

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Email: development@wgs-sch.net

Old Wulfrunian Sports Festival Dinner


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Wolverhampton Grammar School WULFRUNIAN 2017

Welcome from Kathy Crewe-Read Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School I am the luckiest Head in the country. Words

extraordinarily well in their A Levels and will go

you will have heard me say often, if you’ve ever

on to lead no doubt, extraordinary lives.

attended a School event: I do not apologise as it is true. We know how special and unique our

Over the last three years, we have been

community is and one of my proudest moments

remembering the contribution made by so

in 2017 was hearing a ringing endorsement of

many of our staff and students during the

what we do by the panel of school inspectors

great wars. The fallen are remembered in

from the Independent Schools Inspectorate

Big School and their stories are preserved

(ISI), who completed a Quality of Education

in our School Archives and in the diaries we

Inspection in January.

call ‘’planners” carried around every day by our students. In 2018 we will join Merchant

Their conclusions were supported by

Taylors’ schools from across the country at a

questionnaires requisitioned by the inspectors.

special Remembrance Concert at Birmingham

Though these inspections take place at only

Symphony Hall on Sunday 11th November. Do

a day’s notice, our students and their parents

join us if you can.

graded their experience of WGS with a high response rate that was, according to ISI,

I think there is something in this edition of the

unprecedented. The inspection in January

Wulfrunian for everyone. I hope you can see

culminated in ISI awarding us “Excellent” in all

that your School continues to thrive. You are

areas - the highest rating possible. The lead

always welcome to visit and see for yourself

inspector was full of glowing praise for our

the incredible legacy that you have; Old

school community. A community like no other.

Wulfrunians of all generations continue to give back in all sorts of ways and you can learn

This edition of ‘The Wulfrunian’ is also, of

more about how you too can help throughout

course another joyous reminder of every day

this edition of the Wulfrunian. Please do keep

life: the achievements of our Old Wulfrunians,

in touch.

staff and students. From the entrepreneurial spirit of Jonathan Crawford (OW 2014) to the

I wish you a happy festive season and

wisdom and wise counsel of Maxine Laceby

peaceful 2018.

who has guided three daughters through WGS - the youngest Margot currently in her final year, Upper Sixth. Our latest ‘leavers’ - the Class of

Kathy Crewe-Read

2017 – are mentioned too. They performed

Head, Wolverhampton Grammar School




by Rob Mason

Our new Chair of The Common Room, Steve Clancy

For a brief period in January the

The cyclical nature of teaching never ceases

Common Room was deserted as we

to amaze me: time really does seem on fast

prepared for a full ISI inspection. The

forward. Rob’s tenure as Chair of Common

outcome, of course, was excellent but

Room comes to an end after him seamlessly

we’ve not been resting on our laurels as

taking the reins from Peter Johnstone.

change continues apace.

Overseeing us through some times of

In The Common Room

change, namely the two-week timetable. His This year saw the retirement of Chris O’Brien after 30 years at WGS and 27 years as the Head of Maths. A superb

calming, reassuring manner always there for colleagues. As I take on the role, I know the School is fast-moving, just like the nature of teaching and

mathematician and erstwhile Scout

I will look to provide the same level of commitment Rob put into the role. I will enjoy the

leader, his talents also extended to

responsibility of ensuring inimitable joviality, dedication and professionalism within the

managing the labyrinthine School

Common Room continues to evolve and flourish.

timetable, a role he will continue to hold for as long as we can persuade him. So his ‘retirement’ is really nothing of

Chris O’Brien by Nic Anderson

the sort.

On top of this, he was Scout leader for nearly twenty years, coordinated Work

Another former member of the

Experience in his early days, provided

Common Room who has not really left

support with results on Sports’ Days,

us is Alison Causebrook who continues

attended and helped out at all major

some netball coaching. On the following

School music concerts and, during the last 11 years, constructing the school timetable.

pages you can read more about her outstanding ten year contribution to the school as Head of Girls’ Games, along with tributes to other staff too.

Chris O’Brien joined the Maths Department in 1987 as Second in Department. From

As my tenure as Chair of the Common

the outset, there was no doubting his

Room comes to a close, I wish Steve

mathematical prowess. Put simply, he is

Clancy, who will take on the role, the

an excellent mathematician. There is no

best of luck.

area of maths that Chris can not do and teach, from Big Six to Step papers, from Mechanics to Statistics. He fully deserved

We are hugely fortunate that he is continuing with this job of school timetabler into his retirement. Chris has a real passion for a good quiz, especially The Times cryptic crossword. We hope that he will continue to support the Friends’ quizzes over the next few years.

his promotion to Head of Department in 1990. Over his 30 years at WGS, Chris has taught and supported many students to reach their potential including Oxford and Cambridge.

The amazing fact is that in all his years here, he never called in sick. We thank Chris for his hard work and commitment to WGS.

Sue Westwood by Diane Hartshorne Sue retired in November 2016 to spend more time with her family, help look after her two new grandsons Leo and Frankie and her favourite pastimes of visiting National Trust properties and gardens, theatre and reading. Sue joined WGS in May 2003 when she very quickly became a valued member of the Finance team looking after the Purchase Ledger. After 13 years’ faithful service, we wish Sue a long, happy and enjoyable retirement.



Dave Lowe by Francis Murton

Jessica Howe by Dan Peters

David Lowe joined WGS in 2009. He taught electric guitar and helped as sound engineer, as well as recording shows and many other things. In that time he was noted for his quite unflappable nature and he has been a great colleague to work with.

Jessica Howe joined the Junior School in September 2016 as maternity cover. It quickly became apparent that her skills far surpassed those of an NQT. Mrs Howe’s ability to convert even the most reluctant writer into a proficient essayist, combined with a forensic graphic design knowledge, meant that when a new full-time permanent position became available, she was the obvious candidate. With her husband’s relocation to Manchester over the summer holidays, our loss was clearly Manchester Grammar School’s gain. We wish her every success as she furthers her career in the north of England.

His departure coincides with his desire to spend more time in hotter climes, so he will be moving to Spain in the not too distant future.

Alison Causebrook by Kathy Dyer Those who know Alison Causebrook well, it is no surprise that stepping down from the position of Head of Girls’ Games was a very difficult decision.

WGS runs through Ali’s blood and before joining as a teacher, she was a pupil between 1996 and 2003. In 2007, Ali took up the position of Teacher of Girls’ PE and Games (after injury prevented her from pursuing a career as a professional athlete), becoming Head of Department in 2011. She has always gone above and beyond; if not teaching, she was coaching, if not coaching she was umpiring and if not umpiring she was playing! Her students regularly achieved success at county, regional and national level. A regular supporter of trips saw her join us on our Caribbean netball tour of Barbados, a regular on the annual ski trip and coast to coast runs, and leading the Borneo expedition when our late friend Owen Davies had to step down due to illness.

Her work running the City of Wolverhampton Gymnastics and Athletics Championships for a number of years must not go without mention, as well as coaching the ‘jumps squad’ for the West Midlands team going to the English Schools Athletics Finals. Ali steps down as Head of Department to spend more time at home with her son Jack. Thankfully, it’s not goodbye as she will be returning as the Senior Netball Coach for the forthcoming season. Her knowledge and tactical application on the netball court is invaluable and we know that both students and staff will be pleased to hear that she is returning in some capacity.

Francis Murton by Dan Peters Francis Murton joined us from St Edmund’s in Canterbury in 2015. A talented organist and conductor, Francis expanded the instrumental provision of the school enormously, employing seven new peripatetic tutors, setting up a new whole-school music competition, and overseeing the inception of ‘orchestral challenge’, allowing every Year 7 child the chance to study an instrument during classroom music. After two years of travelling back to the south coast to be with family every weekend, Francis took the difficult decision to be with them permanently, going freelance as an examiner and performer. Francis recently founded the Kent Organ school, where he has rekindled his love of playing and teaching the organ.

Arti Shukla by Dan Peters Arti Shukla first joined the Junior School as a volunteer classroom assistant, and then as a PGCE student in 2012. It seemed only natural for Arti to join the permanent teaching staff a year later, where she worked in Year 4 for four years. With a natural flair for photography and creativity, Miss Shukla’s themed days (especially Diwali and Chinese New Year) were hugely popular with the children. Arti left the Junior School in July 2017 to pursue a lifelong ambition of working abroad. She joined the Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur in August 2017, where no doubt, she will continue to wow with her choreography and special events.



We Are Officially Excellent Wolverhampton Grammar School judged “Excellent” in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Congratulations and thank you to all our community for the part we all played in our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection. Schools are rated on a scale from ‘Unsatisfactory’, ‘Sound’, ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’ and Wolverhampton Grammar School was found to be ‘Excellent’ in all areas. This is the highest rating possible and an incredible achievement for us all. This is a huge endorsement of our approach to delivering education which transforms lives as well as minds and you are a valuable part of the community that makes such education possible. Staff celebrated in style at a special event at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in April where we all enjoyed a well-deserved night off with dinner and entertainment from a comedian and live band.












Nick Munson, Head of Physics


THE QUALITY OF THE PUPILS’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IS EXCELLENT “By the time they leave school pupils are well equipped “THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN

for their future lives. They are effective learners, keen


participants, socially aware and keen to make their positive


contribution to the world ahead.”


Independent Schools Inspectorate




Staff Retirees Lunch Former staff came together for their annual

Fletcher, Sue Harvey, Lynne Johnson, Leslie

If you would like to join them in 2018,

lunch organised by Graham Lewis at the

and Carys Judson, David Lambourne,

please contact the Development Office

South Staffordshire Golf Club.

Graham and Barbara Lewis, Geoff and


Marlene Morris, Ken and Maggie Smith, Pictured: Margaret Astwick, Tony and Kate

Ken and Steph Stott, Juliet Thompson and

Bennett, Robert Brandon, Tim and Carolyn

Elaine Tudor.

Browning, Jim Chugg, John Edlin, Wendy



Former Student George Fouracres, in conversation with Director of Theatre Studies Ian Tyler George Potts (better known by his stage name ‘George Fouracres’) left School in 2009 to study at Cambridge. Member of the Cambridge Footlights and then sketch group ‘Daphne’ who were nominated for the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer in 2015, George is a regular performer on radio and television. He frequently returns to School to see his mentor Ian Tyler.

Ian: Can you remember when you decided you would like to become an actor? George: I certainly can! I was lucky enough to have a very excellent and supportive drama teacher from Canada who managed to convince me when I was in my last year of Sixth Form that it was actually feasible.

What advice would you give to students thinking about a career in the profession? Take every good opportunity, no matter how scary the prospect or how out of your depth you feel, and you will feel out of your depth. The big secret is EVERYBODY FEELS LIKE THAT, no matter how cool and composed they seem. Also be prepared to do other jobs to support yourself that you never quite imagined doing.

Any fond memories or anecdotes about WGS productions, LAMDA etc?

Tell us a bit about your experiences at Cambridge doing theatre?

Too numerous to mention – probably all my best memories are from

Busy. In a 9-week term at Cambridge you can feasibly be in four plays.

doing school plays. I suppose if I had to pick highlights they’d be my

Did I do that? Yes. Did my work suffer? Yes. Would I recommend it?

first and last productions, A Hard Day’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and

Yes. I think people have an idea that it’s all champagne with Stephen

A Christmas Carol.

Fry and Ian McKellen at the ADC, or in the Footlights, but the truth is its mostly eating Boots meal deals in the dressing room, furiously

What have been the highlights and surprises of being a working actor? Highlights: The catering - particularly breakfast. When you’re up at 5am in the dark in a field pretending to be a medieval soldier, it’s all

scribbling an essay in between writing sketches, nodding off in between scenes from being over-worked, and generally having the best fun ever.

made a lot easier by someone bringing you a custom bacon and hash

What projects are coming up?

brown sandwich. Though no such sandwich has ever surpassed the

I’ll be performing my live show, The ‘Best’ of Daphne, with my sketch

ones Earl made me every morning in the Derry.

group Daphne, at the Soho theatre in London 22nd-27th January

Surprises: How nice people are, generally. Everyone seems to think

2018. Before that my voice will be hovering around on the airwaves

actors are a bunch of prissy, self-obsessed airheads, but everyone

at the end of this year on BBC Radio 4, in Rogues’ Gallery, written

I’ve ever worked with has been warm, hard-working, friendly and

and directed by Black Country hero Sir Lenny Henry. Someone from


Willenhall playing someone from the American Deep South, being advised by someone from Dudley how to sound authentic!

“A genuinely exciting comic actor who doesn’t seem able to be not funny … put me in mind of a male Julie Walters” Chortle

“George is THE FUTURE OF COMEDY. He’s a proper genius.” Caitlin Moran WULFRUNIAN 2017


Ian was born, raised and educated in the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan and gained his BA there. Subsequently, he auditioned for and was awarded a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where he spent three years training as an actor. His professional acting career in the UK includes extensive experience in theatre, television and film. As well as being Director of Theatre Studies at WGS for over 20 years, Ian is also the Director of the WGS OpAL Programme.

George: How long have you been at WGS? Ian: I’ve spent most of my teaching career here simply because it’s a great

What keeps a man from Saskatchewan, Canada, in Wolverhampton?

place to work. My previous background was in a creative industry and I

My family, of course. Working in the theatre. Weather? I was at home in

think that WGS has a similar vibe; I’ve really enjoyed creating projects and

Saskatchewan a couple of years ago in January and it was -38C plus a

theatre productions here over the last twenty odd years.

wind chill. That’s crisp! I’ve lived in London which I loved, the folks here in Wolves are great and I live in a beautiful place in Shropshire. All good.

When did you first discover your love of theatre?

Besides I dust off my cowboy boots and get back to Canada most

Off the top of my head, a couple of moments stand out: my first ever

summers for family, friends and warm weather.

drama class at university in Canada when we did improvisations. It was like a bright light going on and I thought “Yes! This is my tribe!” Another was in my first term training as an actor at RADA on stage surrounded by

How many great moments stick out in your memory from your long history of WGS productions?

my fellow young actors in production of King Lear and having the same

So many! Each production has a distinct feel and as directors we try

wonderful feeling.

to let the cast bring their own talents and personalities to plays. Just remembering some things you did; I loved the scene in As You like It

When did you decide you wanted to teach Drama?

where as Jaques you ironed your trousers and sang a 1930’s crooner tune

Actually, I kind of stumbled into it via directing. I was in a company

for about four minutes and it was screechingly funny and not in the script!

as an actor rehearsing a play that was transferring to London and

You just made it hilarious. Also, your Sean Connery accented Bottom

started cheekily suggesting stuff to the director in rehearsals and to my amazement he and other actors listened and used my ideas. Then I did a bit of directing back at RADA and then it kind of moved onto looking for other work opportunities outside acting. I had always thought teaching might be something I could be good at so I went for it. It also fitted very

in Midsummer Night’s Dream was fold me up funny and some of your improvisations in LAMDA were bonkers comedy gold. The Shakespeare’s are the ones I’ve enjoyed most, I suppose, because they offer the biggest challenge for young actors and the most opportunity to create a directorial world for the play to live in.

well with having a young family at the time.




Our former students have a strong bond with WGS: it begins on their first day of School and lasts a lifetime.

It’s not where you are from, it’s what you give back that matters It seems pretty evident talking to Jonathan

The memories of OWs, your careers and life experiences since leaving WGS are a like an archive of useful information, fascinating both to the School and your fellow alumni.

Crawford (OW 2014) that a ‘can do’ attitude

In this year’s edition of the Wulfrunian we hear from a number of OWs who are all, in some way, leaving their mark, not just on our community but for future generations too.

philanthropic support to enable him to

Why not reminisce about your time at WGS and share it with us via development@wgs-sch.net

gets you a long way, but it also became apparent that being the recipient of come to Wolverhampton Grammar School instilled in him a desire to give back in any way that he can.



Currently in his fourth and final year of an Automotive Design Degree at Coventry University, we recently had the pleasure of his company. Jonathan was spotted by a WGS parent and staff during a football tournament at Wednesfield High School during his first year in senior school. The suggestion that he might consider a WGS education, strong performance in the entrance examinations and the availability of a means tested Sports Scholarship, led him to entry in Year 8 and he has never looked back on both the academic and professional front. A talented footballer, Jonathan left WGS at 16 after completing GCSEs, to pursue a professional football career. A fickle profession at the best of times, no less so for Jonathan, and changes in team management saw him question his future. Luckily he hadn’t made the mistake of neglecting his academic studies whilst pursing a professional sporting career and his ‘Plan B’ was to take a step back and enter Sixth Form to study A Levels. Jonathan’s strong work ethic had laid the foundations for a return to WGS, backedup by financial assistance from the School. His return was met with a challenge by John Johnson and Dr Simon Hinchcliffe, the then Head of Sixth Form to ‘not come back as just an average student but to come back and in some way make a difference’. His response was to set up a WGS Sports Association with his friend Dane Connop (OW 2014), recruiting others from as young as Year 7 to address student wellbeing through sport. They began tackling minor changes but then the desire to complete a large scale project and leave a lasting legacy was how the plan for the ‘gym’ refurbishment came about. With support from the School Bursar, Friends of WGS and a significant donation from Robert Zeps (OW 1988) it became a reality. All these steps in Jonathan’s life were to play an important part in where he is now. Fourth year degree student, professional footballing career still on the horizon and now Director of his own company VOYCE Clothing Ltd (check out his website voyceclothing.bigcartel.com), he attributes so many of these opportunities and skills gained through his WGS education to his current success, drive and desire to give back. He has sage advice for students when thinking about the future – take every opportunity you can, don’t be afraid to fail, good timekeeping, be presentable at all times – that last impression will be what counts, embrace every new skill, discipline, planning, listen to what someone is telling you not what you want to hear and part-time jobs give you the skills to converse with people on all levels.

We are delighted to announce Jonathan as one of our ‘Fundraising Ambassadors’ and look forward to welcoming his enthusiasm and philanthropic support to inspire others to do the same through our Bursary Fundraising Campaign. To learn more about why giving back is so important to our School visit page 20. WULFRUNIAN 2017




The Life Sciences Ian Gilham (OW 1977) has lived and worked all round the world in his career in medical technology and devices, gaining wide expertise in the fields of pharmaceuticals and clinical diagnostics. He is now Chairman of a number of public and private medical technology companies in the UK and across Europe. Ian recently visited School to make a donation to the School’s Bursary Fund and has agreed to become one of our Fundraising Ambassadors.

Recently we had the pleasure of welcoming you back to School. How did it feel to be back and what were your fondest memories? It was really amazing to be back at school after so long (almost 40 years!). The vast majority of the School was recognisable though some parts of the buildings had been remodelled or now had a different use – particularly interested to drop in on a lesson talking about the genetics of Cystic Fibrosis – an important focus for one of my companies! I recalled fond memories of inspirational Biology classes in the upstairs labs in the Derry Building with Messers Hopton and Thorpe as well as lots of Badminton matches in the old gym under the tireless coaching of Graham Lewis.

You talked during your visit about the teachers who inspired your passion for science – who were they and why? I was inspired into a career in life sciences from the enthusiastic and expert teaching of the scientific staff of the day. Brian ‘Skippy’ Hopton had such a huge enthusiasm for Biology which came over in every lesson, as well as field trips to Wales counting limpets and identifying various plants and bugs in Chemistry, I was inspired by the systematic approach of Dr John Darby (yes, a real doctor teaching us!) and Ken Stott managed to combine the best of Physics and Maths (with occasional explosion or electric shock just to keep things interesting).

You left WGS to study Zoology at Bangor and then completed a PhD in Biomedicine at Bath – tell us more about your career and what motivates you now.

During my PhD at Bath I studied how the

chemistry and physics can make the world a

brain controls the production hormones

better place. I think that really starts in school

in the body. On completing my PhD I was

where visionary staff (in my case Messrs

lucky enough to get a job at a new company

Hopton, Thorpe, Darby and Stott to name

called Celltech which, amongst other things,

but a few) can inspire students into wanting

was pioneering the use of antibodies in

to study and make a career in areas where

helping to diagnose and treat diseases.

their skills and training would be in demand.

Since then my career has continued to develop in the research and development of new diagnostic tests during which time I’ve lived and worked in the USA, Germany and Eastern Europe. Following 10 years as CEO of a healthcare company based in the UK and Norway, I am now Chairman of a number of companies in areas such as DNA sequencing, gene editing and diabetes management.

You have an impressive record of competing at international level in triathlon events. What are your next challenges - both personally and professionally? I feel very honoured to have a career in life sciences where everything we do is aimed at tackling diseases and improving people’s lives. Professionally, my goal is to support

A recent study by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills found that a startling 43% of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) vacancies are difficult to fill. This is an alarming statistic in any industry, but especially in STEM sectors which support key technological advancements that help build our economy and fuel UK growth. In your opinion, what recruitment problems do you see and how do you think these skills shortages could be tackled?

the companies where I am Chairman to be successful and thrive, creating jobs and a healthy contribution to the UK economy. When not working it’s fair to say I am an “early morning” triathlete. I take my running and swim kit with me wherever I am in the world and am usually up very early to pound the streets of wherever I find myself. Last race of the year was in Rotterdam in September where I competed for GB in the world triathlon championships. Next race is later this year when my wife Nicola and I will participate in the Great Ethiopian Run – a charity race in Addis Ababa organised by retired Olympic athlete Haile Gebrselassie. My other objective is to miss as few Wolves games as possible this season – having

In my own experience, it can be quite hard

attended games for more than 50 years we

to find enough people with the skills we

may finally have something to cheer about at

need to make UK companies competitive

the Molineux!

globally. Quite simply, I think young people need to be inspired by the impact and

If you would like to know more about how

opportunities in areas such as science and

you can make a donation to our Bursary

engineering – not just the academic subject

Fund, then please contact Katie Guest,

itself, but how this extends to the wider

Head of Development at

world and how life sciences, engineering,






The Best Medicine Doctor Stephen Billing (OW 1984) and Cardiothoracic Surgeon is Guest of Honour at the forthcoming Old Wulfrunians Annual Dinner in March. Nominated by friend and President of the OWA, Andrew Husselbee, Stephen talked recently about his memories of School, his journey in to medicine and offered advice to future medics. "Being Guest of Honour at the OWA Annual Dinner feels like

Despite Stephen's lack of ability in certain creative subjects, he

preparing for a Best Man's speech at your best friend's wedding"

thrived with the sciences and won a place at Oxford studying

laments Stephen. That friend to blame must be Andy Husselbee (OW

Medicine. His early career led him to placements in Bath, Leeds,

1979), fellow Doctor and also President of the OWA who will host

Cambridge and Sheffield.

Stephen along with around 150 other guests in Big School in March. "At what point do you specialise? Once graduated, you become Stephen's memories of Big School from his school days in the 1970's

more senior, and as a post graduate doctor you fairly early choose

and early 80's are perhaps of their time. "Interesting hairstyles and

Medicine, Surgery or General Practice. Then within each specialty

clothes" do not diminish his overriding recollections of an all-boys

you either become a generalist or specialist, it depends what you are

School and great mates. "We were a very cohesive year group

interested in. It became fairly obvious to me that I was interested in

and got on very well" recalls Stephen. His family moved him from

cardiac surgery and spent time at Papworth – twice, in fact. That’s

a comprehensive school in Sedgley to Wolverhampton Grammar

really where I trained."

School in 1978, a deliberate ploy by his sales engineer father and His older children, equally as academic, have chosen to study

secretary mother to give him a better education.

Classics and Mathematics. Neither would contemplate medicine, the

His first memories of WGS are of his Form room in the Hallmark (now the Junior School) with Mr Chappie. Other teachers that have remained in his memory include Ken Stott, Graham Lewis, 'Skippy' Hopton and John Thorpe. By his own admission, pet names for teachers were not particularly creative in those days. His memories of Report Cards are even more telling, "teachers used to make us write out our reports as a way of digesting the contents!

hours and pressure - the price is too high. His advice for anyone considering a career in medicine? On his first day at Oxford, his tutor said "You are going to work twice as hard as any of the other students in your year, get used to it". But Stephen loved it and relished the challenge. His advice to new students is perhaps more positive than his Oxford professor... "It is very exciting and inspiring and you see it now in medical students and junior doctors. I’m lucky in that I ended up doing exactly what I wanted to do, but not many people get to be that lucky." And what of his friend, Andy Husselbee? "He’s the smart one! He became a GP!"

So on the last day of term you would receive your report (usually

More practically, he suggests "if you are looking at medicine carefully,

handwritten) and you had to transcribe it into a copy". Those days

it’s not just reading the books, but actually going, seeing, doing a

have thankfully long gone, but what still remains is his recollection of

placement or two, having a look at what it involves.”

favourite academic subjects and the life-changing trips that students Stephen closes with perhaps his most mischievous memory of

today talk just as easily about.

School. "I think the worst thing we did was to Gareth Phillips. He "I didn't have a clue when it came to Music and as for languages, I

said 'I want all your homework in’ then asked for a deadline. We

didn't particularly enjoy them, but to be fair, it gets me around France

said ‘midnight on such’n’such a date’. So a few of us collected all

to this day. I remember an absolutely brilliant trip to the French Alps

the homework – we knew where he lived and posted it threw his

and even an excursion to Hadrians Wall - a small group of us in one

letterbox a few at a time throughout the evening! He didn't ask us for

minibus with Tim Storey.”

a deadline again... all good memories."



Keeper of Fives Every year, From September to March there is a strange and mysterious activity taking place in the School Sports Centre. Down a long corridor, a door opens up to a world full of pepperpots, steps, fiddles, boxes, champs and a buttress. Here we talk to Mark Yates (OW 1992) about the world of Eton Fives. Fives has been played at WGS either recreationally or competitively

enjoyment and love of the game not necessarily to win, which is

since 1928 after its introduction by Gerald Mander, then Chair

why it appeals to a wider audience.

of Governors and an Old Etonian. Played mainly as a House played against the likes of King Edward’s Birmingham, Wrekin

Do you think that this approach to the sport transfers into an important life skill?

College, Shrewsbury School, and then further afield against Repton,

Playing on a court covered in ledges with a step, makes it

Oakham, Uppingham and of course London – Eton, Harrow and

impossible to know the outcome of even the greatest shot in the


world. You become very philosophical! It’s like a physically active

competition in those early days, the first competitive matches were

game of chess, not necessary the immediate shot you play but the Mark Yates (pictured) started coaching Fives in 2006, when the Eton

third one you play that sets your opponent up to lose the point.

Fives Association were keen to get it started again here in school. It was not long before it became part of Year 7 Games and after school activities programme, with matches being played again all over the country.

What attributes do you think School should provide apart, of course, from academic achievement? Everyone should leave school with a love of music, art – something displayed in the gallery or at least an appreciation, and sport – from

Players from his early years as coach included U15s Tom Husselbee

both a psychological and health point of view. Sport isn’t laid on for

(OW 2013), Matt Pritchard (OW 2013), Tom Weston (OW 2013), Ben

you at university (or in the world of work) you have to go out and

Hart (OW 2013) who put us on the national stage for the first time;

find it, not all universities have state of the art facilities. In Central

with Year 9s Eve Cowan (OW 2015), Ellie Frith (OW 2015), Emma

London it is near impossible to find (affordable) sports facilities

Morley (OW 2015), Lara Fraser (OW 2015) and Beth Parlane (OW

near the square mile, but Fives is one of them and can be found

2015) making great strides for the girls.

at Westminster School under Big Ben and the Westway – a refuge

It must have been quite an eye-opener in those days for students from WGS to visit schools like Eton?

centre! These activities as well as the many trips and fixtures provide common ground when searching for conversation.

Particularly at the time of Assisted Places, an economically and

This summer, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his accountancy

culturally diverse intake of pupils meant that a lad from the back

business and his stepping down as Fives coach, Mark completed a

streets of Bilston would be playing against the son of a Marquis!

Three Peaks Fives Challenge (competed in three Fives matches in three countries in three days and climbed the three peaks of Ben

Some of our students feel that Fives is good if you are not particularly into the main stream sports?

Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden) to raise funds for Midlands Air Ambulance and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Sitting in his office

It’s true, get people of any ability and standard and mix them up on

surrounded by Fives memorabilia, his clients have heard of the

different courts and everyone can have a meaningful game – from

peaks challenge but know little about Fives.

high level players to complete beginners. There was a lovely article in The Bluebird (Cambridge University magazine) and the question

Want to have a go at playing Fives or dust off your Fives gloves?

was ‘which sports are the brainiest.” At number one was ‘Eton Fives’.

Then why not join the Old Wulfrunians Club on a Thursday

It beat Rugby Fives, Riding, Modern Pentathlon and of course that

evening …followed of course by the obligatory refreshment

well know sport Hare and Hounds, which was tenth. A game of

session in The Royal Oak!

guile and accuracy rather than power and speed. You play for the make more e are things indeed which a ball against a wall – ther king stri than ce rtan impo e ing are things of mor verses and blotting them, mak “It may be said that there and answering them, making and peace, making speeches, y, war bod ing the mak for as h cise suc , noise and do as little good ed at it. It is the finest exer one despises who has ever play no t wha is fives of e ant’. gam But the past nor future ‘in the inst money and throwing it away. twice young. He feels neither takes to playing at Fives is who He . mind the for on ght, from the moment the and the best relaxati no other wish, no other thou touch him further. He has can ing noth , levy ign fore son, Debts, taxes, domestic trea of making it!” king the ball, of placing it, stri of that but game begins,

Poem ...

William Hazlitt 1820 WULFRUNIAN 2017






Generation Laceby Many of you will know the Laceby family name. Generations of Lacebys have presided in one form or another (student and parent) here at WGS and this will shortly come to an end as Margot (pictured below second left with her sisters) leaves us at the end of her Upper Sixth year. Margot's mum, Maxine (left) talked to Katie Guest at School about what being part of our School community for so long has meant to her and her family. With so much experience and business acumen we wanted to share her thoughts with all our past, present and future School community.

What has it meant to you to be part of the Wolverhampton Grammar School community and what has it meant for your family? It's been an honour to be part of WGS and ‘community' is the right word because that's exactly what it is... a community.

Your father in law was an OW, did this and his experiences of the School impact your decision to send your girls here? Definitely, my ex father in law was a very proud OW and we loved to listen to his stories and he too was very proud to have been part of WGS.

What qualities and strengths do you think a WGS education instils in our female pupils? I've always said WGS encourages and enables pupils to find their voice and then listens to them.

You studied a Fine Art Degree at Wolverhampton School of Art, what advice would you give students thinking about a career in Art? Firstly, I dislike the term ‘soft’ subject. If creativity is your thing then go with it, find your artistic voice and shout it loud from the top of the Mander Centre!

You are, in your own right a successful business woman, what advice have you given your own daughters and would give other young girls today? Learn to tune in to your intuition, listen to and act upon it and if in doubt, ask. I will not leave a meeting until I fully understand what is being discussed or suggested, much to my bank managers dismay. So find your strengths and weaknesses and remember you can't be good at everything. I'm a good businesswoman on many levels but I know the areas I need help with and I always ask. I'd rather feel a little embarrassed asking, than leave not knowing.

What are your views on co-educational education versus single-sexed schools? The world consists of male and female and we must learn to coexist in this world together. I went to an all girls school and struggled to communicate with the opposite sex for many years after leaving school and I didn’t want this for my girls.

What advice would you give other parents considering a WGS education for their children? If you believe your child deserves to be seen and heard and that your child’s individuality is important then look no further.

We want to hear from you! Why not share your experiences, advice and guidance. No matter what your background, or your profession - there will be someone in our community who will relate to it. Interested? Contact the School Development Office email: development@wgs-sch.net and share your story.




We Need You Wolverhampton Grammar School has recently agreed a Fundraising Strategy to support hardship bursary places for children from Wolverhampton who would like to join our School in Year 7 and Lower Sixth. Can you help? Making a donation, gift or legacy to Wolverhampton Grammar School makes a real difference and all donations are used to ensure the continued improvement and accessibility of our education to families of bright and gifted children who need financial support.

If you would like to help, but choose not to support our bursary campaign, there are a number of other projects where you can support us: We are currently updating all our laboratories in School. Our Physics laboratories were completed this year and we want to now focus on our Chemistry labs. Each laboratory costs approximately £70,000 to complete

Our Sixth Form Library needs to be updated and brought in to the 21st century. Can you help? We estimate a refurbishment will cost approximately £150,000

Providing the best learning support to children who have dyslexia has long been something that WGS is renowned for. We want to build a new Learning Support Facility and we estimate this will cost around £1.5m

Music has always been at the heart of our campus and the department is a popular place for children of all ages and abilities. Can you help update our facilities? We estimate a total refurbishment will cost £250,000

Providing a facility for Old Wulfrunians to return to School is something we would really love to achieve. We would like to build a new Sports Pavilion to enable OWs to come together, socialise and make the most of our sports facilities. This new pavilion is estimated between £1m and £2.5m

We’re making it easier for you In the coming months you will begin to see further changes to our alumni website pages and social media communications. An upgrade to our alumni software will bring with it the ability for donations and events to be booked and paid for online. We will let you know more about these changes as and when they happen.

For more information about ways to give please go to our website www.wgs.org.uk/giving

or contact Katie Guest email: development@wgs-sch.net or telephone: +44 (0) 1902 421326

The good old fashioned ways of giving will not change though, during and after these changes, and you can still give in one of the following ways: •

UK Online donations or Cheque Payments

Worldwide Giving – electronic transfer from overseas

USA Giving – through our OWs in America group

Payroll giving

Gift Aid

Leaving a Legacy



MAKE A DONATION DID YOU KNOW? Up to independence in 1979 pupils paid

1500 PUPILS approximately were funded by the Assisted Places Scheme from 1980 - 1997

For September 2018 over


have contacted us requesting financial support

NO FEES under the Government’s Direct Grant system

To fully fund one bursary Year 7 to Year 11 place (5 years) - £73,500* To fully fund one bursary Sixth Form place (2 years) - £29,000* To fully fund one bursary Year 7 to Year 13 place (7 years) - £102,000* Bursary provision also supports the Public Benefit requirements of the Charity Commission for educational establishments to make provision for the poor


100 people give £12 per month for a year

people give £24 AND 50 per month for a year people give £47 AND 25 per month for a year give £117 AND 10perpeople month for a year

WE HAVE LIMITED FUNDS to support children joining us in Year 7 and Year 12 who have requested financial assistance and can only offer a number of means-tested bursaries and scholarships.

We will fund one senior school bursary place for one year …

* based on 2016/17 fees, yearly 3% fee increase, uniform, trips, etc contingencies and not including Gift Aid



Please remember us in your will According to research from unbiased.co.uk, one in two UK adults haven’t got a will. No idea where to start? Then consider looking at the many websites giving free impartial advice. Many of us don’t want to think about death or dying but to do so without leaving a will could, on top of the grief, cause a financial nightmare for the people you care about and leave your affairs in limbo for years. We recognise your future plans are a private matter, but if you would like to remember Wolverhampton Grammar School in your will, it’s easy to do. Simply complete our Legacy Pledge form, which can be found on the website at www.wgs.org.uk/alumni or contact Katie Guest in our Development Office email: development@wgs-sch.net

Christopher Fellows (OW 2002) did just that. Here’s his story... Christopher Fellows completed an MA (Honours) degree in Management Studies at Aberdeen University. Following a career in the construction industry, he is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Law with a view to pursuing a legal career. Here he tells us what prompted him to think about a will.

Why did I want to write a will?

Why did you decide to include WGS in your will?

Over the last few years I have purchased a number of investments

As a former assisted places student I have seen the benefits of

and set up a limited company. If the worst should happen and no will

the education offered by WGS first hand. With the demise of the

is in existence the entirety of your assets becomes the property of

assisted places scheme I believe the responsibility falls to those who

the Crown. If there are specific provisions you wish to make it’s best

have already benefited from the scheme to help ensure that future

to produce your will as early as possible, as this is the only sure way

generations have similar opportunities.

that your most private wishes are to be conveyed.

How did I go about making a will?

What advice would you give to others?

The process of making my will was relatively straight forward, as

Writing a will is something which many people delay doing, however

I had already decided on executors and the basic outline of my

it is very important as it the only opportunity you have to express

bequests. I took advice from my solicitor to ensure that the wording

their final wishes. That said, once written it is crucial to remember

of the will minimised the risk of ambiguity.

that significant life events - such as marriage - nullify the existing will and require a new version to be signed. It is important to choose executors carefully and to have at least two - there are no guarantees that you will outlive your executor!



Other ways you can help And for those unable to provide financial assistance at this time, please support the School through careers advice and events, work experience and guest lectures.

Careers With unprecedented changes in traditional jobs, industries disappearing and the creation of a more varied global landscape, our students are always looking for careers advice and guidance directly from the professionals with the best experience of their sector.

Work experience placement

Join our LinkedIn Group

Speak at one of our events

Provide contact details of your organisation’s work experience co-ordinator

Our students always need access to varied work experience opportunities. Many of our students are still to discover the career path for them. Perhaps you can help by providing a valuable work experience opportunity?

From assemblies, lessons to masterclass lectures and our annual Careers Fair, there are lots of opportunities for you to share your experiences with our students. From one-to-one conversations to year group discussions, we can find the right audience for you.

Give a careers talk

Whether you have enjoyed a single career path or have experience from a number of sectors, your story will be of interest to our students.

Become a student mentor

Students always appreciate an individual approach to help them find their way. Could you spare some time to be available to one of our students?

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with more than 530 million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. You can find other former students via our school LinkedIn group.

If you are employed by a large organisation, or work in a sector that experiences high demand for work experience placements, perhaps you can help our students get a foot in the door?

Host an event or fundraiser

Would you like us to help you organise a reunion, city drinks event or a fundraiser? Simply, contact us and we can help bring your friends and year group together.


Could you assist our archivists in naming photographs and cataloguing material?



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You and Wolverhampton Grammar School – it’s a unique relationship.

In Fond Remembrance

In this section we remember those of our community who have sadly passed away this year.

Benjamin (Ben) George OW 1945 Sadly passed away 8th November 2017

age, as well as much French and German, a

Ben was born in Wolverhampton in 1927,

Wolverhampton Grammar School.

The following pages remember OWs and former staff who have passed away this year. Written by their family, fellow classmates and colleagues they are a fitting tribute to their memory and connection with WGS.

tribute perhaps to the teaching he received at

attending Woodfield Avenue and then

We also remember lifelong friendships that are formed at School, and still thrive, sometimes decades on. Many of these friendships are reconnected at the Old Wulfrunians Annual Dinner or Sports Festival. We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs of our guests as much as we do. There are many other ways to stay in touch with the School and fellow alumni, from reunions and School events, to joining the Old Wulfrunians Association (OWA). You have your own dedicated pages on our School website www.wgs.org.uk/alumni where you can share your stories. You also, of course have your Wulfrunian magazine.

Wolverhampton Grammar School, where

Above all, Ben was a kind man and a gentle

he was joined by his younger brother David.

man, with a keen sense of humour. He will

During his time at Wolverhampton Grammar

be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is

School he was a keen footballer and cricketer

survived by wife Pam, his three children, six

and was active in the CCF.

grandchildren and one great grandson. Simon George, Son

After Wolverhampton Grammar School, he served in the Intelligence Corps, where he took part in the occupation of Austria. This was a formative time and began a love for Austria that endured all his life. On leaving the army, his time near Villach improved his German enough to help him secure a place at Oriel College, Oxford. After university he went into law, serving his articles in Birmingham and returning to Wolverhampton to marry his teenage sweetheart Pam Greensill, whom he had met at youth club in 1944. They were married in 1953 at St Mark’s, Chapel Ash. Following his articles, Ben joined John Tedstone to practise as a solicitor in Wolverhampton, firstly on Waterloo Road, then at Chapel Ash, where he ran the office of Tedstone George and Dove. Ben maintained his footballing, playing for the Old Wolves throughout the 1950’s and helping to raise funds for the purchase of the Castlecroft OW Club. He was also a keen organic gardener before this became popular, growing his own fruit and veg until he was 87. In retirement he took up bee keeping and genealogy and developed a keen interest in the Western Front in the First World War, where his father had fought. He was a regular attender of the OW Dinner and a longstanding Freemason. He had an astonishing memory and could still remember his school Latin, even in old



Members of our community who sadly passed away during 2016 – 2017 Mr Leslie R Ludford OW 1934 Sadly passed away 14th April 2017 at the age of 100 years Les sadly passed away a few weeks after his 100th birthday. To the very end, Les was bright and cheerful and his memory was quite remarkable. He loved football and cricket and was a greater supporter of the OWCC. Les was a great character, a tremendous supporter of all things Old Wulfrunian.

Roger Anthony (Tony) Sadler OW 1947 Sadly passed away 20th July 2017

Stanley Charles Loweth MBE OW 1931 Sadly passed away in 2017 at the age of 102 years Stanley was an amazing 102 years of age when he passed away. It was well known that every evening he took a glass of brandy and a mug of Horlicks to bed with him, and that may well have contributed to his longevity. In his professional life, he worked for the Trustee Savings Bank for 42 years and expanded the bank in the West Midlands. In 1973 he was awarded an MBE for his services to banking. He was married to his late wife Dorothy for 52 years, and leaves two sons and three grandchildren. We will remember Stanley as a quiet, efficient individual, who was happy with himself and made others happy too.

Peter Allan OW 1946 Sadly passed away 8th July 2016

Thomas Adrian Sage OW 1932 Sadly passed away 22nd March 2017 at the fantastic age of 102 years

John Brant Beech OW 1947 Sadly passed away 31st August 2016

Dr Rob Macintyre-Smith informed us of the sad news that OW Tom Sage had passed away at the age of 102 years!

Trevor T Broomhall OW 1947 Sadly passed away 3rd June 2017

Tom started at Wolverhampton Grammar School in the Junior School through to Fifth Form. He was a Sergeant in the War (having declined an offer for OCTU) in the Signals Corps in the Far East. After the war he became a tailor working in Tettenhall, and then with his wife Marion, they emigrated to Tasmania to join their only daughter. Sadly this will be the end of our OW connection with Tasmania.

Madeleine Anne Tuck, Former Governor Sadly passed away 9th January 2017 William (Bill) H A Hewitt OW 1931 Sadly passed away 1st December 2016

It is with sadness that Trevor T Broomhall passed away peacefully at the age of 88 years. He will be sadly missed at our annual OW dinners which take place in March.

David Joseph Harris OW 1950 Sadly passed away 1st July 2017 David attended Wolverhampton Grammar School between 1943 and 1950 and lived his early life in Handsworth. On leaving school he started work at Stewart & Lloyds in Bilston, before leaving to undertake his National Service duties. On his return he studied to become a teacher at Highfields School. In 1957 he met his dear wife Mary and they were married on 23rd July 1960, at St Philip’s Church. He spent most of his leisure time sailing, and with his love of astrology he founded the Wolverhampton Astronomy Society in 1952.

Geoffrey F Till OW and former staff member 1946 Sadly passed away 20th February 2017 After National Service and Oxford (Brasenose College), he taught Modern Languages here at Wolverhampton Grammar School for a short time before moving to Wellingborough School, where he spend the rest of his teaching career. On retirement, he and his wife Mary moved to Scotland.

Peter R Bullock OW 1952 Sadly passed away 31st August 2016

Geoff was captain of the School’s cricket team in 1943-45, before handing over to Tony Norgrove. They were probably the best opening pair of batsmen the School ever produced, having achieved over two hundred in an opening partnership, both getting centuries.

Dennis Harry Burton OW 1941 Sadly passed away 22nd January 2017

Anthony (Tony) M Westwood OW 1922 Sadly passed away 20th February 2017

Mrs Thelma Burton sadly informed us that her husband Dennis had passed away on 22nd January 2017, at the age of 92 years.

The passing of Tony will evoke many memories of the most charming and affable of men. Tony contributed greatly to the early success of the OWA Club at Castlecroft and remained a loyal supporter all his life. His Tuesday night snooker matches with Herbert Hughes were a permanent fixture and his cheery greeting, beaming smile and gentle laugh, as they arrived at the appointed hour is sadly missed.

Raymond J Downing OW 1954 Sadly passed away in the autumn of 2016 Benjamin (Ben) George OW 1945 Sadly passed away 8th November 2017

Please remember to stay in touch We are always happy to remember Old Wulfrunians posthumously, please do get in touch if you are aware of other fellow Old Wulfrunians who have passed away. It’s important to us that they are remembered. Email: development@wgs-sch.net Post: Development Office, Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 9RB Telephone: +44 (0) 1902 421326



30 Former Students Killed in Action During 1916 Baker T* - 1st July 1916 age 34 Beal A - 16th May 1916 age 23 Bendall A C V - on/around 1st July 1916 age 21 Birch P G - 24th August 1916 age 23 Castle S - 16th July 1916 age 19 Christian E C - 11th September 1916 age 21 Court W N - 2nd April 1916 age 20 Ecclestone E - on/around 4th August 1916 age 20 Edkins P E - 16th July 1916 age 24 Groves W N - 1st July 1916 age 20 Hoole L A - 20th July 1916 age 23 Hoole R H - 21st August 1916 age 24 Kendrick H M - 18th September 1916 age 25 Lloyd Parton N - 13th November 1916 age 32

Emeritus Professor George William Jones OW 1957 Sadly passed away 14th April 2017

Mandeville P*- 28th September 1916 age unknown Mathie W S - 27th May 1916 age 28

George Jones was a stalwart of the Department of Government for over 50 years, having arrived at London School of Economics as a lecturer from the University of Leeds in 1966, and remaining active and attending seminars and other events until the week of his death at the age of 79. His work concentrated on the office of Prime Minister, the Cabinet and, particularly, local government. He believed in intellectual integrity and the straightforward expression of ideas – he would, on occasion, describe someone as a ‘simplifier’ of a particular complex field. He was such a simplifier himself. In 2009, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the School.

Molineux A - 28th July 1916 age 20 Page R - 1st July 1916 age 23 Phipps R P - on/around 18th May 1916 age 19 Piper H - 1st July 1916 age 27 Robinson N J - 4th June 1916 age 20 Summers H - 15th September 1916 age 19 Swallows J R - 8th July 1916 age 28 Voyce T A - 9th July 1916 age 29

Born in Wolverhampton on the 4th February 1938, he was the son of Welsh parents, George, a tyre curer for Goodyear, and his wife, Grace (nee Cowmeadow). George attended

Walters H - 25th April 1916 age 25 Warner A F - 29th October 1916 age 21

Wolverhampton Grammar School, then studied History at Jesus College, Oxford, and

Webb D S - 21st October 1916 age 19

undertook his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford. At university, he was a Gaitskellite

Whitehouse H - 1st July 1916 age 21

member of the Labour party, and at the 1964 general election stood in Kidderminster.

Willcock F N - 23rd July 1916 age 30 Willcock R C - 10th July 1916 age 20

He was also much involved with other academic institutions at home and abroad, notably the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham. Beyond universities, he sat on a number of committees and boards. He had been on the executive committee of the Royal Institute of Public Administration and in the 1990s was appointed to the National Consumer Council. He received an OBE for his work at the latter. Outside work, he loved the cinema and a voracious consumption of political biographies. Laurel and Hardy were a big favourite and his knowledge of 1940s and 50s film noir and of westerns was encyclopedic. He was also a rapid, thoughtful and generous editor of other people’s work. In 1963 he married Diana Bedwell. She survives him, along with their daughter, Rebecca, son Max, and three grandchildren Isabelle, Oscar and Henry. Courtesy of The Guardian


* Former Wolverhampton Grammar School Masters


Students of the Great War Our resident archivist OW Tony Phillips continues our series of commemorative articles in celebration of the Centenary of WWI by remembering the fallen of Passchendaele. After the big battles of 1916, the penultimate year of the Great War unleashed events that would reshape the world in the 20th Century. The United States entered the war on the Allied side, Russia pulled out of the

conflict, deadlock and massive losses continued on the Western Front albeit with some dramatic exceptions. Canadian forces captured Vimy Ridge in the spring, the French Army was severely shaken by the failure of General Robert Nivelle’s offensive at the Chemin des Dames on the Aisne and Britain embarked on one of is most controversial campaigns at the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele.

Fallen Comrades Battle of Passchendaele: 31 July - 6 November 1917 Tony Phillips (OW 1959) This battle became officially known as Third Ypres,

Wulfrunian magazine, only a notice of death was

ensured that the terrain, already made into a

but it is usually referred to simply as Passchendaele,

published, in December 1917. Where obituaries were

glutinous morass by the intense shelling, turned the

a name which became synonymous with rain, mud

composed, there was no concrete evidence of place

ground into liquid mud. Weapons became clogged,

and truly unimaginable suffering for the troops of

of death, merely a statement they died valiantly,

tanks were either unable to move or simply sank in

both sides.

in some cases leading their men in the attack. We

the quagmire, whilst men and horses drowned in

are, therefore, left to conjecture, but the timing of

horrific circumstances.

Approximately 30 Old Boys lost their lives during

their deaths would indicate that they would, in all

1917, of whom 8 were in the Ypres sector during

probability, have been involved in the battle.

the period of the battle, but owing to the minimal information available, even when researching battalion records, it is impossible to be certain that they became casualties during this particular action. The fallen were:- Frank Rhodes Armitage, Joseph Norman Beach, Clement Joseph Beach, George Murphy, Arthur Molineux Cullwick, Arnold Leslie Duddell, Eric Jones and Joseph Mark Tatton. In

Eventually, after repeated assaults, the shattered village was taken by British and Canadian troops

As a prelude to the first attack some 3000 guns fired over 4.5 million shells, but still failed to adequately destroy the German defences. Furthermore the barrage exemplified the theory of unintended consequences, inasmuch as it made appalling conditions virtually impossible when subsequent attacks were made.

some cases, such was the lack of information, that,

The infantry attack began on 31 July, but met with

instead of the usual obituaries appearing in the

limited success. The heaviest rain in decades


on 6th November and the battle was closed down. The Passchendaele battle lasted 100 days and a total of 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties had been sustained, at a rate of nearly 6000 per day. A victory had been achieved, but at such a cost and in such circumstances that arguments as to the necessity of the battle still rage to this day.


Football team reunion It was during the December 2015 WGS Christmas concert that former student Nigel Cox (OW 1974) approached the Head with a special request. This request centred around the 50th anniversary of a first day in School and the special bond and genuine affection that exists between this under 15 football team which has weathered despite being scattered across both the UK and the globe. We were therefore delighted to welcome back through the doors on Friday 8th September 2017 (50 years and 2 days to the day!) Paul Hughes and Andy Madden (OWs 1975), Steve Walton, Steve Weston, Neil Kendrick, Nigel Cox, Bryan Dix, Brian Griffiths and Keith Crook (OWs 1974). They were also joined by Peter Hawthorne, Graham Lewis, Dave Pointon, Tim Browning and John Johnson. Andy Madden presented to the Upper Sixth on behalf of the group, they took a tour of School (including an impromptu game of Fives), pored over former copies of the Wulfrunian in the Archive Room and spent a good few hours sharing many wonderful memories with current staff and pupils. “Fabulous day at a fabulous school. I noticed the attentiveness in the eyes and behaviour of the students. It was a joy.” Andy Madden (OW 1975). For information about alumni events, reunions or news please contact Katie Guest or Gail Evans development@wgs-sch.net



Old Wulfrunians in America Our network of former students continues to spread worldwide and we are delighted to be represented by the official group Old Wulfrunians in America. Becoming a member of this community brings with it an opportunity to share your views, receive regular news updates and benefit from their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Future-Proofing Science This Summer saw the first phase of our laboratory refurbishment carried out on the Physics rooms in the Merridale. The second phase will see the Chemistry rooms getting their makeover during the Summer of 2018. This second phase has been hugely lifted by investment from the OWs in America group. Not only have they shown an interest in this capital project, but have also ensured that the refurbishment and facilities are future proofed for generations to come. Our students have much to be grateful for and we cannot thank the US group enough for their continued support and generosity.

Nigel Blower (OW1982) is a Senior Executive with over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry. He moved to the USA in 1997, and with one eye still on the Wolves and annual trips back home, he talks about why he’s a supporter of our OWs in America group.

If you would like to hear more about the development of our science laboratories or to make a donation then please contact

As we get closer to the holiday season, we have an opportunity to

the Development Office email: development@wgs-sch.net

reflect on areas of our lives for which we are particularly grateful. Those of us who are Old Wulfrunians can think back to the ways that WGS shaped us and offered us opportunities as we started out in life. We have an opportunity to pay back to the School and pay forward to the next generation and for those of us in the USA, we can include this in our end of year tax planning. As someone who left the School in 1982 I can see online pictures and videos of all the ways the School has developed over the years, maintaining a high standard of excellence. Gifts over the years have supported both physical construction and bursaries for those on lower incomes. A less obvious, but no less direct,

Tax Changes for 2018

way our gifts help immediately is to support families who have

Robin Cooper (OW 1956) and the President of the OWs in

Smaller gifts can have a major impact here – over the past couple

America reminds all US alumni of current tax reforms. “As the Trump

of years there have been several families who have been able to

administration and Republican National Committee (GOP) lawmakers work

keep their children in School due to this support.

to complete a tax reform overhaul by year’s end, make sure you keep an

I was fortunate enough to attend the School when it was a state

eye on the new tax laws coming into force in 2018.”

supported grammar school and I am encouraged that the School

temporary setbacks and need help in maintaining the fees.

continues to try to offer opportunities to those who cannot afford the full fees. If you would like to make a gift, either in the UK or in US, please contact Katie Guest email development@wgs-sch.net If you are a US resident we will be able to send a receipt for your tax return. Thank you Nigel Blower (OW 1982)



Old Wulfrunians Association We continue to value the amazing support of our Old Wulfunian community and of course, it goes without saying, the tireless work of the Old Wulfrunians Association (OWA). This year we welcomed its new President, former student and parent, Dr Andrew Husselbee (OW 1979) who has worn his chain of office with pride at no end of events. Andy Husselbee writes “I have really enjoyed welcoming our Class of 2017 leavers to the Association at their leavers assembly, taking part in the OW Sports Festival – particularly the newly reintroduced Fives competition, attending the Old Wulfs and Tettenhall Cricket Club end of season dinner and helping to hand out awards and representing the Association at the Old Merchant Taylors Northwood and Crosby dinners. We are delighted to have a ‘medical’ theme for this year’s Old Wulfrunians Annual dinner, and I’m looking forward to welcoming Cardiothoracic surgeon, J Stephen Billing (OW 1984), as guest speaker. You will find your personal letter of invitation to the dinner enclosed and can also read all about Stephen on page 14. The dinner has been a sell out for the past two years so don’t delay in booking your place. The numbers of alumni returning to School and attending events this year has been tremendous, a packed annual dinner, double the numbers at the London reunion and footfall of 300+ throughout the OW Sports Festival day and evening dinner. If you’ve not attended an event before then why not make 2018 the year or let the Development Office help you host a reunion of your own?”

Big School was yet again filled to capacity for the annual OWA dinner. Guest speaker Jacqui Oatley (OW 1992), former staff, students and other guests joined senior staff, School Directors and representatives for an evening packed full of memories. The Class of 1992 also reunited to celebrate their 25 year anniversary since leaving WGS. If you are a member of the Class of 1993 please contact us for details about the 2018 reunion.



Old Wulfrunians Association Annual Dinner From 6.30pm on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at

Big School, Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Rd, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB

For more information please contact Stewart Ross email: stewart.sueross@gmail.com or Katie Guest email: development@wgs-sch.net telephone: 01902 421326



National Ethics Prize In July this year, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awarded Epworth HealthCare’s inaugural Group Director of Research and Development, Professor Nikolajs Zeps (OW 1988) the 2017 NHMRC Ethics Award. Professor Zeps said upon receiving his award “... Rather than seeing ethics as a matter of compliance I have worked to integrate it into the fabric of good research practice so that our studies are ethical by their very design. This award is a huge vindication of that approach and I look forward to continuing this in my work.”

The Art of Memory: Memorials of WWI Paul Norgate (OW 1965) read English at Trinity College, Cambridge and worked as a teacher for 25 years in the UK and in Africa. He left teaching and became Chair of Examiners at OCR. Whilst teaching, Paul wrote a PhD thesis on Wilfred Owen and his poetry, and has been thinking, writing and lecturing about the literature of the First World War ever since. Paul gave a very poignant talk on First World War Memorials as part of the School’s Viner Lecture Series.

Catwalk Director AJ Brennan St Andrew’s University student magazine ‘The Stand’ interviewed former student AJ Brennan (OW 2014) about his successful directing debut at CATWALK 2017. CATWALK is the university’s annual fashion show which each year donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. It wasn’t so much fashion that inspired his interest in the event, but the amalgamation of music and the opportunity to create a party atmosphere to create something that would really stand on its own two feet. He explained that the show was really well-placed to start pushing boundaries. To read more about AJ’s debut as a fashion show director go to www.thestand-oneline.com

Please remember to stay in touch Don’t forget to update us with your stories, life events and tell us if you think we can support you in any way.



Senior School Prizegiving - A Family Affair Siblings Becky Lumlock (née Biddulph) (OW 1991 and Head Girl) and Ben Biddulph (OW 1995) were Guests of Honour at this year’s annual Prizegiving Ceremony at St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton. With 22 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and, in 2012, named in Australian Financial Review’s “100 Women of Influence”, a career change in 2016 saw Becky join Network Rail where she is currently Route Managing Director for the UK’s South West (Wessex) Region. Ben is currently Deputy Head of News at the Home Office. Following a decade-long career in journalism, he joined the Civil Service in 2010. Alongside occasional stints at Number 10, he has spent most of the last seven years working in the Home office. After graduation, Ben travelled the world with twelve friends comprised predominantly of WGS alumni, who remain his closest friends to this day.

Aaron Rai impresses on US Open Debut

Parent and Alumni Power From Accountants to Joiners, Orthodontists to Engineers – pretty much every career and industry is represented by our parents and former students and there are more opportunities than ever before for you to share your expertise with students across School.

Former student Aaron Rai (OW 2013) qualified for the US Open by recording two victories on the Challenge Tour this season. He enjoyed a great start and even better finish to his major championship debut in

Just ask Chris Bill, Chief Financial Officer for Ansaldo Engineering Services Energia, a leading international player in the power generation industry, proud parent to two children at WGS and recent recruit to the School’s Board of Directors.

the first round in June. Recognising the resurgence in interest in engineering for many students, Chris has been “It’s been a fantastic season so far, I

working alongside the Head of Design and Technology and Head of Careers to create

couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

4-5 new work experience opportunities at Ansaldo NES each year. They have also joined

commented Rai.

forces with the national Engineering Education Scheme (EES) to link student teams with real life design challenges and work with leading universities to place graduates and offer apprenticeships into the business. This year alone they have received over 150 applications for five coveted graduate jobs. If you think you or your organisation could share experiences of work and employment, or could possibly offer a work experience programme, please contact Katie Guest, Head of Development email: development@wgs-sch.net



Running to Support the Teenage Cancer Trust Taking part in the ‘Marathon des Sables’ (MdS ultra marathon) in April, which takes over 6 days to complete 150 miles, might sound crazy but this was not the first but second time former student Paul Griffiths (OW 1984) had done it! Motivated by his own family’s experiences, thankfully one with a positive outcome, and wanting to help others with young children affected by cancer, Paul’s decision to support the Teenage Cancer Trust was obvious and straightforward. If you would like to donate please go to www.teenagecancertrust.org or his JustGiving page.

The Boy with the Topknot Sathnam Sanghera (OW 1995) hit the headlines recently with the screening of his memoir “The Boy with the Topknot” on BBC Two. The 90-minute, one-off drama stared Sacha Dhawan and Himmut Singh Dhatt as young Sathnam. Chair of Directors, Philip Sims attended the premier screening and said it was both ‘funny and very moving’. Sathnam, former Head Boy, is a regular visitor to School and our annual London Reunion.

Shropshire Artist Sculptures at Bowie Auction Seven works of art by Shropshire-born sculptor and Old Wulfrunian, Professor Glyn Williams owned and treasured until his death by pop superstar David Bowie, went to auction in November 2016. Estimated to fetch between £29-43k, they actually went on to reach £146,250.

Jacqui Oatley (OW 1992) awarded an MBE Thinking of a career as a barrister? Called to the Bar in 1990 and with over

welcome back Simon Davis (OW 1983)

26 years of experience conducting

for a careers talk with students.

criminal cases, expertise in matters relating to the Proceeds of Crime

Our students gained a great insight into

Act, money laundering and bribery

the career path of a barrister, complete

legislation, we were delighted to

with real life trial scenarios.



Working fairly well but very disappointing on paper...

We are always asking for memorabilia at alumni events and this year’s London Reunion didn’t disappoint as we were handed an intriguing bundle of envelopes and a photograph of Form 1Alpha, Spring Term 1960. It is hard to imagine anyone ever telling Winston Churchill that “he has no ambition”, or Albert Einstein that “he will never amount to anything,” but this is exactly what they were told in their school reports, by teachers who clearly couldn’t have predicted the success that these particular students would go on to achieve. We have recently had the opportunity to read some equally entertaining (if occasionally a little harsh!) comments in Richard Stanton’s (OW 1966) reports from his time at WGS. Richard is very self-effacing about his achievements at School (Mervyn King is one of his peers) but it is very apparent by his final reports that WGS had done its job. During his first year “working fairly well but very disappointing on paper” (English) and “a bit careless and slapdash but fundamentally very good” (French), by the time he entered Sixth Form he had progressed to “he can do well if he tries” (English) and “he has maintained a good standard … he uses the language confidently orally and on paper” (French). That same report saw him jump from 21st (out of a class of 22) in Chemistry to 2nd place by Summer! Richard’s Spring 1960 Tutor report saw Mr Rust write “has the root of the matter in him, but is a little lacking in mental discipline”, however by Spring 1962 Mr Pritchard seemed a tad more encouraging “there are signs of awakened academic ability, and he is clearly making more notable progress in some directions.” Being in the Alpha stream, Richard completed his A Levels at 17, giving him an opportunity to attend a German grammar for six months and Rennes University for three. He gained a fluency in both French and German before joining the Royal Navy as an engineer.

Why not join the Old Wulfrunians’ Lodge? Brian Cox (OW 1955) invites you to join the Old Wulfrunians’ Lodge and tells us a little more about his fellow Freemasons. “Freemasonry is the one of the oldest organisations in the world. At its simplest, it is a universal society of friends who seek to become better people through their association with each other. Although its origins are obscure, some trace the beginning of Freemasonry to the master masons who created the great churches and cathedrals of medieval Europe; some argue its birth is linked to the Knights Templar; whilst others suggest that our roots go back further than that. If you believe that Freemasonry is some kind of secret society, then I’m afraid you are wrong. If you want to know more, just come and talk to us.

In 1954 there was an interest in forming an Old Wulfrunians’ Lodge and it exists to this day. The School song, Carman Wulfrunense, is sung at every event and we have a great community which meets around seven times a year followed by an informal dinner. Social activities are also held throughout the year and we raise money for local charities. We are looking for more Old Wulfrunians to become members of our Lodge which meets at the Wolverhampton Masonic Centre, 211 Tettenhall Road in Wolverhampton. It may be that some of you are already Freemasons in other Lodges, in which case you will be warmly welcomed. If you have no connection with Freemasonry, please do get in touch. Contact the Lodge Secretary by email secretary7411@hotmail.co.uk”



London Reunion Around 100 former students and staff came together in the grand surroundings of the Merchant Taylors’ Hall to reminisce and network at the annual London Reunion. This year we were joined by student Michael Stewart who played piano including a hearty rendition of the School song. To make sure you receive future event invitations please make sure you send us your contact details so that we can stay in touch. If you have any photographs or memorabilia that you wish to share with us we would be delighted to hear from you, or if you would like to attend next year’s London Reunion on Tuesday 26th June 2018, please contact Katie Guest or Gail Evans at development@wgs-sch.net



London Reunion From 5.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday 26th June 2018 at

The King’s Gallery & Drawing Room, Merchant Taylors’ Company, 30 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8JB

For more information please contact

Katie Guest email: development@wgs-sch.net telephone: 01902 421326



Returning to the Big School stage

Sir David Wright

It had been sixty years since Michael Haywood (OW 1952) had sung on the Big School stage when he performed in July with the Wombourne and District Choral Society.

An original donation Auction goers were given the opportunity to own a Michael Warren (OW 1954) original at this term’s Viner 10th Anniversary Auction. Michael, accompanied by his wife, as well as former students Tony Winnall (OW 1954) and Brian Gleaves (OW 1955) visited us for a private viewing of the exhibition and to deliver his generous donation.

Each visit from a former student adds

the Foreign Office’. David, a Former British

another chapter to our WGS history book

Diplomat, served as British Ambassador to

and a visit by Sir David Wright GCMG,

Japan 1996-1999, went on to become Vice

LVO (OW 1965) and his wife Lady Ann

Chairman of Barclays. We think he proved

Wright was no exception. A lesson in the

that theory very wrong.

Big School bench prefect ‘hierarchy’ and some not so intuitive careers advice were

Sir David was Knighted in 1996, appointed

a few notable soundbites from his visit.

GCMG (Knight Grand Cross) in 2002 in the Queen's Jubilee Honours List. He

When asked by ‘Gobbit’ Taylor about his

is an Honorary LLD at the Universities

Sixth Form and possible future career

of Wolverhampton and Birmingham. A

choice, David replied that he wished to

graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge

join the Foreign Office. He was firmly told

where he took a MA degree in History and

that ‘boys from Wolverhampton don’t join

of which he is an Honorary Fellow.

Alan Foxall

We look forward to seeing these three gentleman at the OWA Dinner in March

Alan Foxall (OW 1956) returned to School


after a gap of 60 years in July. He talked fondly of 70 year WGS friendships, his extensive travels (189 countries …just 11 short of his target), work and family life and of course many School memories.

Members of the Rich Wright team January saw a visit from two members of the Rich Wright football team, twin brothers Jon and Jim Mills (OW 1987), who joined us to assist once again with the planning of the much loved OW Sports Festival.



Geologist and entrepreneur, Lucy Crane

A new wave of forces penpals Bruno Mustone (OW 1993) was a recent visitor to School to tell us about his website ‘Forces Penpals’. The site has been supporting the UK armed forces personnel for over 14 years through combats in Iraq, Afghanistan

Having worked in the mining industry for the

and other war zones. Originally created as

past three years, Lucy Crane (OW 2009), has

a conduit for those on military deployment

recently returned to the Midlands to set up a

to send and receive old fashioned letters

mother/daughter partnership 'Retrospecced'

back home, it has since grown into the

which recycles and refurbishes retro

UK's largest social network, dating site and

and designer spectacle frames. Both are

support community for the armed forces and

passionate about sustainable fashion - check

their supporters. Bruno’s company is just launching a brand new site in the US and

out their website www.retrospecced.co.uk

branching out into other countries next year. We wish him every success!

Not satisfied with just one new venture,

Moreton’s Piece revisited

Lucy, who gained a Geology Degree at Oxford and Masters in Mining Geology at the University of Exeter, is also setting up a

This year’s OW Sports Festival coincided with

company that will specialise in innovative

Malcolm Southan (son of Stanley Southan

mining technology 'Helikon Strategies'

OW 1926) and friend Roger Wellings (OW


1955) annual ‘holiday’ to Wolverhampton.

Lucy will be giving lectures on careers in

It was the first time Roger had set foot on

exploration geology to WGS students.

Moreton’s Piece in sixty years and we were delighted that they had taken time out of their packed schedule to join us.

Open Days are not Please just for parents remember to stay in touch We are always happy to welcome former

students back to School at Open Days. Simon Murray (OW 1981) and his wife Alison dropped

in during our recent Open Day in October and went on a tour. They also took the opportunity to visit Nick Munson, Head of Physics and his newly refurbished Physics laboratories.

Supporting Art

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Portraiture perfect Former student, Charlotte

Our annual programme of Art

Cocker (OW 2017) produced

exhibitions continued at pace this

this stunning portrait of Head,

year and it was great to see support

Kathy Crewe-Read, in her

from former students. Sabrina Gidda

final year at School.

(OW 2005), Head Chef at Bernardi's Restaurant London, who joined us for

The portrait took over 100

Shrewsbury artist Adam Birch’s solo

hours to complete and is

exhibition in April, pictured here with

now framed and proudly

James Millichamp, Head of Art, Adam

displayed in the School’s

and Diana Ward, Art Teacher.

Archive Room.



Old Wulfrunians Sports Festival The annual Old Wulfrunians Sports Festival held in September was as enjoyable as ever with former students, staff (and parents) of all ages coming together to play golf, football, netball, fives and round the weekend off with the OW Sports Dinner in Big School. Angus Whyte (OW 1981) shared his thoughts about this year’s event. “I don’t know what I was expecting for this year’s sports festival, but what great fun! I was last able to attend this event about 12 years ago and it has become an amazing celebration for the School and particularly for sport. To bring 11 football sides is a great feat of organisation. Played in good humour but always competitive - it’s nice to see the years roll back and Dave Burns (OW 1982) take out his opposite number on his first (late) challenge notwithstanding your instructions to the players pre-match. I had not played with Trace Norton (OW 1982), still the School’s top scorer, for probably 30 plus years and good to see he has not lost the scoring instinct! You have a great formula with a quick throughput for the games (including the netball and fives) so no one is waiting around. The standard of football in the final was excellent to watch and pretty good throughout all the teams. Sensible also to leave plenty of time to retire to the pub for people to catch up in the afternoon. The alumni fall into no stereotypes and that is perhaps one of the best things about the School about which we should all be proud. How refreshing to have such a diverse group, many of whom had travelled such a long way to attend. The dinner in the evening was also just right. The catering staff did you all proud and sensible decisions all round about pricing and service. The big band were top class entertainment, particularly in view of their lack of rehearsal time. Some real talent there. Well done to Joe Wheelan, for his solo performance and getting everyone on their feet to conclude a top day out. Thanks to everyone from the PE staff and throughout the School for their informal efficiency in getting the job done. Incredible numbers of former pupils and staff and I hope it goes from strength to strength - with a few more from my era next year. I hope to do the full tour then, with the golf as well.”







Old Wulfrunians Sports Festival Friday 7th September 2018 - Golf Tournament Saturday 8th September 2018 - Football, Netball and Fives Tournament and Evening Dinner For more information please contact Katie Guest email: development@wgs-sch.net telephone: 01902 421326



Please remember to stay in touch Don’t forget to update us with your current contact details so that we can keep in touch about events like the Old Wulfrunians Sport Festival.



Sports Festival Dinner This year's dinner was particularly special for two Old Wulfrunians - Adam Cuthbert (OW 1997) and his wife Katie-Jo (OW 2005) who, along with over 120 guests, came together in Big School, with entertainment provided by the OW Big Band and former X Factor contestant Joe Whelan. Adam and Katie-Jo have been raising money to help support Adam during treatment for cancer and his ongoing care. Adam had this to say about School: “What an incredible day and night (as it always is!). We are so very fortunate to have the support of such an amazing school even 13 years after leaving. You can’t help but feel part of a wider family. Special thanks must go to John Johnson, Katie Guest, Gail Evans and Karen Walton, not to mention all of the School staff for allowing us to use this fantastic annual event to help raise money. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event and hopefully we can raise money for other worthy causes in the future.”



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WGS continues to be an extraordinary School. You just have to step through our doors to feel the tangible warmth – a warmth created by people who embody community.

Junior School News The Junior School continues under the new leadership of Dan Peters, Head of Junior School. He and his team of teachers and support staff do their very best to ensure every child makes the very most of every opportunity on offer during their time at the Junior School.

It’s all change The last twelve months have witnessed the introduction of the Parent online Portal to the Junior School; target setting to facilitate greater academic progress, automation of rewards

Our mission as a School is to deliver education that transforms lives as well as minds. We do this by providing an education as individual as your child, within an environment that’s like no other. If you can’t make it back to School to see this work for yourself, we hope these pages provide a colourful snapshot of just some of the highlights of our School year. OWs are always welcome to come back, take a look at former classrooms or simply sit in Big School and remember long gone assemblies. Simply contact the School by email development@wgs-sch.net or call in.

and sanctions ensuring parents are better informed when their children do something great; more guest speakers; more trips and residentials and a greater range of exciting subjects such as Psychology, Classics and Archaeology. Some things, though don’t change, the School’s message of hard work and working hard together was never more evident than in the productions of Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland, and of course, Sports Day. The atmosphere at Sports Day was unforgettable, not only did the children break many records, but the family picnic was a special event in its own right. Mrs Bennett’s tweet ‘who needs Glastonbury when you’ve got the JS picnic’ said it all.

From Head Girl to guest of honour It seemed fitting that Emily Birch (OW 2014) should be guest of honour at Junior School Speech Day this year. Emily, who recently gained a First Class Degree in Education at the University of Worcester and has just embarked on a teaching career. It seems that well coined WGS phrase ‘it’s a family affair’ is apt again here as Emily was Head Girl and her brother James is the current Head Boy. Emily’s life and education reflections centred around a journey. That journey she says hasn’t always reaped rewards but it has given her personal pride, belief in herself, a thirst for challenge, resilience and determination – all traits that make for a successful individual in any walk of life.

Clare Balding comes back to School Television presenter, radio broadcaster and author Clare Balding came back to Wolverhampton Grammar School to launch her latest children’s book in October, less than a year since her last visit. Clare first visited the School back in December 2016 and has followed up her bestselling debut novel “The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop” with a brand new children’s title, “The Racehorse Who Disappeared”. Clare was so impressed by the work of the School that she wanted to make a return visit.



Senior School News Producing our engineers of the future The Senior School continues to deliver the very best inspirational teaching to students from

During the Autumn and Spring terms, two teams of AS Design and Technology

ages 11 to 18. The academic achievements of

students, along with around 1200 from other schools and colleges across the UK,

our students speak for themselves; but our

took part in the Engineering Education Scheme Award (EES).

teachers are trained to deliver much more than that. Lessons are lively and challenging, and

Over a sixth month period Team A worked alongside engineers from Ansaldo NES

knowledge here is treasured, opening up minds

designing a mechanism to transport nuclear waste within a disposal facility and

to a love of learning.

Team B working with HS Marston to build a welding fixture for a heat exchanger, allowing for it to be safely and easily welded. Both teams had to manufacture a

With over 500 sports fixtures and over 100 co-curricular activities and clubs to choose from including music, sports, science, current affairs to performing arts and crafts, strategic games, as well as academic masterclasses and guest

working prototype, produce a project report and present their findings to a panel of engineers. Team A: Jenna Bailey, Sam Bowles, Mitchell Porter-Keel and Margot Laceby

lectures, there is something for everyone. Our community thrives on this diversity and the following pages detail just some of the highlights.

Guest lecture from the Sunday Times Students from across Year 11 and the Sixth Form had the opportunity to meet David Smith, Economics Editor of the Sunday Times, in one of two guest lectures delivered by the award-winning journalist and author. Economics Editor of the Sunday Times since 1989,

Team B: Anna Herritty, Sophie Hickman, Harry Hales and Michael Hopson

David delivered his first lecture on ‘Britain and Brexit’ for A Level Economics and Business Studies students, followed by a wider discussion about his experiences of working in the media, as well as fielding questions from his student audience.

Opening doors to further education and careers The Sixth Form Centre and Library were a hive of activity in February as the School hosted representatives from almost fifty universities and employers at the annual Higher Education and Careers Forum. All students from Years 7 to 13 (Upper Sixth) and their parents were invited to attend with staggered time slots meaning that students had more access to the expertise and guidance on offer.



The Charles Viner 10th Anniversary Art Auction ‘A Decade On’ was a great success, transforming the Viner Gallery in to an Auction House on Saturday 25th November to help raise money for the School Bursary fund. The auction included work by Charles Viner, the School’s Head of Art (1942 to 1968), local artists and staff. The event also provided an opportunity to purchase fixed price items and historical photographic prints of the School, as well as the chance to bid for items listed in the auction catalogue. Highly regarded professional artists including Nigel Dodds, Jenny Gunning, Dave Gunning, Sarah Stokes, Michael Warren, Adam Birch, Giorgio Uccellini and Adrian Clamp alongside teachers James Millichamp, Emma Bowater, Sophie Hill and Diana Ward all donated pieces of art for the day. David Berriman (OW 1952) was guest Auctioneer for the event and provided expert (and entertaining) advice and guidance to bidders throughout proceedings. The School also thanks John Viner, son of Charles, who kindly donated so much of his father’s work to help children from across Wolverhampton access our transformational education.

Everything donated to the auction was sold and we raised over £8,700 (with donations still coming in) at the viewings and on the day. Thank you on behalf of all children at our School who receive financial assistance to support their Wolverhampton Grammar School education. If you have a fundraising idea or would like to support our bursary fundraising work, please contact Katie Guest email development@wgs-sch.net or visit wgs.org.uk/giving.

Viner Memories A number of our OWs wrote to us during

at youth hostels, and sketching small

the run up to and after the Viner Auction,

details at various churches.

unable to attend they generously donated to the Bursary Fund but also, it seems our

I enclose a paint box given to each boy


inscribed on the reverse by Charles Viner himself and how excited I was in those

John Derry (OW 1945) and son of former

straightened times, to acquire it.”

Headmaster Warren Derry wrote: “I do remember Mr Viner vividly and went on a

We were so delighted with this gift, that we

tour of the Cotswolds with him and a small

will hold the paint box dear in our School

group from the School, by bicycle, staying

archive for all our students to see.



Original Features Restored

Green Campus

Offices and classrooms were relocated over the Summer to accommodate Big 6 classes and create more classroom space in the Merridale Building.

Big School has a new planting scheme to help us show off the front of School at its best. Working alongside Melanie Rowe, from Apley Plant Centre, the front of our main School buildings have never looked better and with the dark nights now with us, the addition of uplighters has created a spectacular welcome to visitors and passers-by alike.

During the process, stunning original windows were uncovered in the Merridale Building which have now been restored to their former glory.

Signposting the Way With so many Open Days and events in and around School it’s more important than ever to ensure our new students and visitors know their way around. More improvements are planned for next Summer including new signage for the Sports Centre and Derry Hall. Watch this space!

Parking Please Additional car parking spaces for staff have been created behind the Art and Drama building to help free up parking on our main School campus. Not only does the new car park help manage traffic flow around School, it also looks much smarter and has made a largely disused space into a valuable asset.

Sixth Formers Better Connected Improvements to the Sixth Form Centre just keep on coming. Last year, Sixth Formers enjoyed the benefits of a brand new café as well as redecorated facilities. This year, soft furnishings have been replaced, new bag storage installed and new computers commissioned in the resource and work area within the centre.


Working from a brief, Melanie has created a stunning blend of formal and creative planting to draw your attention to the best features of Big School. We hope you love it as much as we do. There is more new planting planned for next year to help us make the most of our 23 acre campus.



Our students continue to set the stage alight and these pages showcase not just their talent, but also that of our former students. Regular visitors to School David Bamford (OW 2008) reviewed this year’s Senior School play ‘The Government Inspector’. On page 8 you can also read George Potts (OW 2009) in conversation with Ian Tyler, Director of Theatre Studies and Opal.

Alice in Wonderland Complete with Alice Band, Caucus Race Dancers, Croquet Players, a Jury and of course the Queen’s Pack of Cards… the Junior School Hall was alive with the sound of “Off with her Head” and riddles such as “Why is a raven like a writingdesk?” during the Summer Junior School production of Alice in Wonderland.

Stunning Set Design Former student April Dalton (2011) wowed us with her stunning set design for the Welsh National Opera’s production of Le Vin herbe at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The opera by Frank

The Government Inspector This year’s Senior School production

his officials. The Hutton Theatre was

was Nikolai Gogal’s comedy The

transported back to 1900 Tsarist Russia

Government Inspector. A penniless

for this epic production of vanity, greed

nobody from St Petersburg is mistaken

and stupidity and here former student

for a government inspector by the

David Bamford gives his review ...

Martin, tells the mythical tale of ill fated lovers who consume a potion. Working closely with director Polly Graham, April delivered a set worthy of a contemporary audience.

corrupt and self-seeking Governor and

The Government Inspector by David Bamford A farce about corrupt, foolish officials and

sycophants, providing a completely believable

of the oppressed working classes, literally

opportunistic conmen; unaccountable

group of acolytes for the governor, and some

shut outside. Most revealing of all is Philippa

surveillance and a shortage of hospital

wonderful visual humour. The ruling circle

Cawdell in a barnstorming performance as

beds. You’d be forgiven for thinking that The

unforgettably includes the governor’s social-

the unnamed wife of the town locksmith,

Government Inspector was an up-to-the-

climbing wife (Mollie Bate), an outrageous

unmasking the self-serving governor as the

minute satire of 2017 events, but this inspired,

flirt; and daughter (Issy Hickman), hilariously

villain he really is.

relevant play is in fact from 1836, only slightly

besotted with her father’s important guest.

modernised by WGS (to around 1900) in the

And James Williams and Alistair Winning bring

An evocative set that wouldn’t look out of

bitingly funny and supremely confident spring

the house down each time they burst onto

place at the Royal Shakespeare Company,


the stage as Dobchinsky and Bobchinsky,

fabulous music and lighting design and slick

the electric – if dopey – double act that first

stage management ensure that this is an

It tells the story of a provincial town whose

misidentifies Khelstakov. In a play so stuffed

immersive experience – from the moment we

shady leaders, headed magnificently by Sam

with grotesques, it is no small achievement

step into the Hutton Theatre to Jay Godden’s

Wootton as the local governor, discover that

that each actor relishes their role with such

jaw-dropping jig that brings the show to a

a government bigwig is to arrive – incognito

distinctive, bold personality.

triumphant end.

down the one man in town with a posh accent

But beneath the riotous comedy, there is a

Ian Tyler and Jonathan Wood have again

(in reality the penniless nobody Khelstakov,

sinister violence and cruelty: these buffoons

collaborated on an intelligent, fast-moving and

played with impeccable comic timing by

enjoy their privilege at the expense of the

slickly-staged belter of a production, and it

Archie Hamilton), and bend over backwards to

lower classes. The local merchants, played

is hard to imagine a more talented cast, who

make their community amenable to his every

with great energy and passion by Ross Deeley,

bring this ambitious piece to life, drawing roars

need. Annabel Rockett, Charlotte Cocker, Josh

Ellie Denton, Celia Madeley and Emily Bradley,

of laughter from an audience that rose to its

Bradshaw and Jay Godden as the bumbling

clawing at the doors of the governor’s house

feet as one at the curtain call.

civic officials are a brilliant ensemble of

for Khelstakov’s help, provide a glimpse

– to give them an inspection. They soon pin



Students from Year 7 to 10 wowed parents and visitors in May with their adaptation of The Tempest Shakespeare’s play based on a distant island came to life in the school’s Hutton Theatre. The cast of pupils from Years 7 to 10 performed over three nights and one matinee performance. Their performance provided many laughs (and a few surprises for the audience too) as well as citing both pity and rile in equal measure.

Lighting up Take That Multi award winning lighting designer and former student Tim Routledge (OW 1993) has become one of the most sought after lighting designers in the world. Creating television lighting designs, music concerts, outdoor events, award shows and variety shows from Beyonce to ELO to X Factor, including this year 'An Evening with Take That' on ITV.

Simran Shines in the Nutcracker Simran Bal from the Junior School recently performed the Nutcracker Suite with the English Youth Ballet at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

Simran was presented with a certificate signed by the English Youth Ballet Director, Janet Lewis MBE. The performance was made extra special with the support of fellow Junior School students who were in the audience. WULFRUNIAN 2017



With another incredibly busy and exciting year of events behind us, Wolverhampton Grammar School continues to exhibit the value placed on the creative arts, hard work of our students and expertise of our specialist teachers. Parent and community support for events held at the Viner Gallery has been overwhelming, with over 300 visitors alone attending the annual Art Exhibition opening night in the Summer Term.

Adam Birch: Solo Exhibition Shropshire artist Adam Birch graced us with a solo exhibition of his incredible work. Equine studies, portraits of celebrities and intimate portraits of friends and family really inspired our art students and visitors.

If you would like to attend any of our future events please contact Gail Evans or Katie Guest email development@wgs-sch.net


Thematic We launched 2017 with ‘THEMATIC’, a joint

individual techniques and skills. Lower Sixth

art exhibition between Wolverhampton

students then submitted a piece related to

Grammar School and the University of

certain themes chosen at the start of the


year. As a result the ‘Thematic’ exhibition was a great success and represented the

The students at the University met with WGS

developed skills achieved by working

students throughout the year, assessing

alongside the University of Wolverhampton.

and critiquing their work in order to develop

46th Annual Art Exhibition The hard work and achievements of GCSE and A Level art students were showcased at the annual Art Exhibition in the Summer. Now in its 46th year, the exhibition is the perfect setting as the environment around the Viner Gallery and Hutton Theatre puts student talent centre stage. Head of Art, James Millichamp was incredibly proud of everything that had been produced and the reputation that our students have for producing extraordinary pieces of work. Work that is already used as examples of best practice for exam boards and judged to be in the top 2% nationally.



A joint exhibition celebrating the work of two former Wolverhampton Grammar School teachers filled the Viner Gallery this term

Hokusai’s Wave This stunning wave picture inspired by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai, was created by Year 5 student, Isobelle Walker. Well done on creating such a beautiful representation of such a famous painting. More Hokusai inspired work is viewable in the Junior School.

Former teachers Michael Astwick and David Barlow had their critically ​acclaimed

included countryside watercolours and

West of the Centre Art Exhibition

David, who was Head of Theology and

Local commercial artists Steve Evans,

art showcased at School recently. Former Head of Art (1978 - 1991) Michael’s work

Philosophy between 1991 and 2005, celebrated British industrial working class life.

Kathleen Fabre, Haley Gammon, Ed Isaacs and Sarah Stokes showcased their work at an exhibition in the School’s Viner Gallery. A unique opportunity for visitors to purchase unique original art.

Making your Mark A joint exhibition between Wolverhampton Grammar School and Q3 Academy celebrated a wide selection of A Level artwork produced at both schools. Techniques included print making, painting, drawing, textiles and photography.




Introducing Melanie Cuthbert

Wolverhampton Grammar School’s Music Department is located at the heart of our campus, and with over 200 students receiving individual instrumental tuition and a plethora of choral and orchestral groups, music is at the heart of many of our students’ lives.

January will see a new face in the Music Department, as Melanie Cuthbert joins us from Hereford Cathedral School as Head of Academic Music. Melanie trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire studying Oboe with George Caird. After completing a PGCE in Secondary Music she has taught in various schools across Oxfordshire, working as Head of Music then Head of House

Jazz Spectacular

before settling in Hereford in 2010.

The annual Jazz Spectacular in July provided another night of extraordinary

As Head of Academic Music at Hereford Cathedral School

live music. This year’s event was made even more special by the presence

she has had the privilege of working with some exceptional

of Andrew Proverb’s family as we thanked all the donors who contributed

musicians in a beautiful setting. She has particularly enjoyed

towards the stained glass window installed in his honour in Big School. It is

the outreach music that the School offers such as the Joint

a credit to everyone involved in not only celebrating Andy’s life in this way

Schools Carol Service where 700 children joined together to

but also the warmth of feeling within the community in bringing this project

sing the Hallelujah Chorus.

to fruition. She says “I am excited to be starting at WGS in January; it feels Andy’s band, the Expresso Bongo Orchestra, joined former and current

like I am returning home to the area where my musical journey

students and staff to bring the Big School house down.

first started.”

Noah gets an A* in Rock! Year 9 student Noah is already a seasoned professional when it comes to life on the stage with past credits including young Simon Cowell in I Can’t Sing, Kurt in The Sound of Music and

National Finalist

Elf, the Musical and this Spring he

Congratulations to Sixth Form student

New Musical’ category for the

Annabel Rockett who was a recent finalist in

WhatsOnStageAwards and an Olivier

the Rotary Young Musician of the Year.


Annabel (who is a School Music Scholar)

We asked Noah what advice he would

won the local, district and regional finals

give budding performers. “You don’t

to compete against singers from Scotland,

have to go to Stage School to be on

Wales and Ireland. She also performed at

the stage. If it’s your

the Grand Theatre in July to help Compton

passion, work hard

Hospice celebrate their 35th year anniversary.

and don’t be afraid of

starred in School of Rock, receiving rave reviews and winning the ‘Best

learning a new skill.”




Rounders Success Contratulations to Jordan Russell and Anya Rogers who have been selected for U16 and U14 Rounders England squads.

PE and Sport has a long tradition at Wolverhampton Grammar School and we’re proud that all of our students - regardless of ability, have the opportunity to participate, compete and get involved. As a coeducational School, we offer more than 20 sports based activities through curricular and extra–curricular provision.

World Ranking for Dressage Star The new world rankings for the FEI Pony Dressage league were announced in 2016 and Year 9 student, Isobel Lickley climbed an incredible 40 places to 50th in the world. In October half-term Isobel then went on to compete for Great Britain at the very prestigious ‘Le Mans International’ finishing 5th in her first international class, just behind the triple European gold medallist and other members of the gold medal team.

Archery Excellence

Team GB

The Spring term saw Sixth Form pupil Leah Bannister-Payne win a place

Congratulations to Oliver Mason

in the National Talent Development Programme. Over 150 other young

(Year 10) and Oliver Evans (Lower

archery hopefuls compete for a place in the programme to gain access to

Sixth) who have both been

elite training and expertise. Following on from her impressive progress on

selected by Triathlon Great Britain

the programme, Leah

to complete in the under 20 age

has already been offered

group team at the European

a place in the coveted

Duathlon Champions in Ibiza

Archery GB National Age

next October. Oliver Mason is

Group Academy. Only

the youngest ever triathlete to be

around 10 students from the

selected for GB.

talent programme make it Both are also waiting to hear if

to the academy.

they have also been selected Leah is a member of

for the European Trathlon

the Staffordshire Junior

Championships which will take

County squad and helped

place in Glasgow in 2018. They

her fellow archers come

now have to consider if they want

second in the WMAS

to try for selection for the World

Junior Inter-County shoot,

Championships for their age

winning gold in her own

group in 2019. Selection for this

age division.

will take place in Spring of 2018.



Portugal football tour 2016

Anya wins Danish National squash open October 2016 saw Year 10 student Anya Stojanovic crowned Squash Danish national Open Champion. Anya went into the tournament unseeded and despite a tough draw beat competitors from Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Norway to beat the Bulgarian No 1 (and ranked 5th in Europe) in the final. Sports teacher Kathy Dyer commented “Anya has excelled herself and the whole School is incredibly proud of her success. We have a number of students

Highlights of the Summer 2016 Portugal Football tour for 31 students from Years 8 to 11 included

in School who compete at both national

training sessions with the Benfica Academy coaches (the Benfica Academy was voted best in the

and international level and she is a great

world in 2015); watching Belenenses play Benfica, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon stadium tours and

ambassador for sport and international

playing fixtures against club and academy sides.


Captains XI match

Oliver and Elizabeth take the cross country lead

The annual Captains XI match hosted by Peter Hills was played in near perfect cricketing conditions and produced a grandstand finish with the School team defeating the Captains with just three balls to spare. The sides were Captained by brothers Patel in the presence of mum and dad; a truly family occasion. A bumper crowd of parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and staff joined us for the game and it was great to see former Deputy Head, David Lambourne, among them and

Elizabeth Marshall and Oliver Mason

back on Moreton’s Piece where he spent many hours during his time at the School.

both qualified for the Staffs County to run in the Inter Counties Cross Country

Tough Guy (is a girl)

Mason gets the triple!

Congratulations to Olivia Hobbs, who

Well done to Mason Holles from the Junior

brought her weighty medal into Junior

School who competed at the Trentham

School after completing a Tough Guy

Gardens Triathlon. He swam an impressive 50

challenge in November. Who said children

metres, followed by a 2K bike ride and 1k run

aren’t tough!

in just 19 minutes and 48 seconds, coming an incredible 3rd in his age group.




Sports Celebration Evening We were delighted to welcome former student Ben Sedgemore (OW 1993) as Guest of Honour at a Sports Celebration evening to recognise the many sporting achievements of our Year 8 to 10 students. Ben was a professional footballer and is currently on the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers Association. Alongside his footballing career Ben has a Degree in Psychology and Law and a Masters in Finance, Marketing and Management from Loughborough University. He is also Global Games Director at the Corporate Games and Executive Director of the World Corporate Cup of Soccer hosted by Liverpool Football Club.

Head’s XI Cricket Match The end of the Summer term saw the Head’s XI annual cricket match attract a record number of alumni, their family and friends. Memories were shared and the world put to rights over a generous cream tea. Theo King fielded a mixed age team with pupils’ ages spanning two generations, yet they mixed well and played confidently together as WGS people tend to. A reminder of how vast and widespread our WGS community is and just how proud of it we are.



Girls’ Sports Netball The U15 and U13 teams were crowned City Champions, with the U14, U16 and U19s qualifying for the County Netball Championships in November at Oldbury Academy. Under the Captaincy of Nicola Ryan the 1st VII, winning over 80% of their games, had a great season, narrowly missed out on making the Regional Championships finishing 3rd. Anya Rogers, Katie Goodridge, Jordan Russell and Alex Bryan were all selected for County.

Hockey The U14s were undefeated up until their last match of the season. The 1st XI, under the leadership of Emily Bowden, came out with some excellent wins and the U13s were once again runners up in the Staffordshire County Hockey Tournament. Emily Naylor and Deenah Ahsan both represented their County and we are delighted to report a large number of girls signed up to local hockey clubs.

Rounders A great season saw the U15, U14 and U13 teams all win their respective City Championships, with the incredible U15 team staying unbeaten in the City for the fourth year in a row! The U14 team went onto represent Wolverhampton in the Black Country School Games, remaining unbeaten until rain called off play.

Athletics WGS girls had an incredible indoor athletics season taking all four titles in the city. The U12s, led by Grace Jones won all their track events and secured enough points in the field events to take the title. The U13s won convincingly with a small but very strong squad and the U14’s, captained by Lydia Rudd, not only won the City Championships but also secured bronze medals in the Black Country competition. Once again the U15s were strong in both track and field to take their fourth successive title. The outdoor season saw 20 individual medallists with the U13s led by Ava Forrest, crowned outdoor City Champions in addition to their indoor title. The final standings of the SSAW Athletics Championships saw WGS finish second overall. Jordan Russell and Amelia Kerr were selected to represent Wolverhampton in the West Midlands Championships.

Table Tennis U16 table tennis superstar Georgia Harris, who individually won the U18 Staffordshire County Championships and U16 and U18 Black Country Championships, captained the WGS U19 team to the City Championships. The team of Georgia Harris, Immy Gibbons, Poppy Nabbs, Holly Langston and Morgan Colley not only took the City title but also went on to take Black Country title.

Gymnastics, Swimming and Taekwondo A sad farewell to our gymnastics captain, Laura Simms who competed in her last competition for the School, bringing home Bronze for her floor routine. Other medals went to Kate Fitzpatrick for overall and floor Silver and Penny Poole for vault. The U13 swimming team won overall bronze in the City Championships, with Grace Jones and Izzy Gillott competing at Regional level and Isobel Street who brought home a Bronze medal from the UK Taekwondo sparring competition.



Boys’ Sports Football There was tough opposition for the 1st XI, but with Captain Tom Genner leading from the front they showed great spirit. Beating Frensham in the ISFA Cup 1st Round, the side lost to an impressive Tonbridge team, but got over their disappointment by reaching the City Cup Final in March, losing out to Heath Park. Will Gibbons, representing the full ISFA side in his age group, lead the 1st XI line impressively for a Year 11 student, but unfortunately suffered an injury during the ISFA 8-a-side tournament. The U15 team worked hard all season, with a number of players moving to key roles in the 1st XI next season. Alex Smith represented the full ISFA side at this age group. Good performances and promise showed by all the U14, U13 and U12 squads.

Cricket Under the captaincy of Kieron Patel the 1st XI had a good season, producing some very impressive performances. Winning the majority of their early season games, they came unstuck against strong KES Birmingham and RGS Worcester sides. Archie O’Hara was impressive with the bat scoring two centuries during the season. The team had a tough qualifying group in the National 20/20 competition, losing to Bromsgrove School, but did make it through after a great win against Wrekin College. Despite their best efforts, Shrewsbury proved slightly too strong in the next round. Our junior sides performed with credit, with the U14s reaching the County Cup Semi Final and U13s runners up in the Staffordshire Schools Indoor Tournament, the U12’s Theo Pickin scoring a century in the County Cup Competition.

Rugby The Senior rugby side competed well all season under the positive leadership of Karam Baden, the highlight being plate runners up in the County 7’s.

Hockey Led by Max Diment and Oliver Hampton the 1st XI competed well all season, making more gains as the year went on. With Ammar Ahsan scoring regularly, they were always competitive. An U15 team allowed some players to gain valuable experience, with impressive performances from Ben Ward and Cameron Grewal.

Tennis The Senior boys tennis team, led by Ed Cooper (plus Jasvir Hayer, Harry Froggatt and James Hale) put in a tremendous effort in the first round of the Nationals coming through in a tie break and progressing to the regional final.

Athletics The stand out performance of the year came from the Year 10 team coming runners up in the indoor competitions and qualifying for the Black Country Games. The Summer term saw them finish 3rd in the SSAW Athletics Championships, with Oliver Mason selected to represent Wolverhampton in the West Midlands Championships.



Farewell to the Class of 2017 Students celebrated another year of outstanding A Level exam results in 2017.

achieved a 100% pass rate this year with over a third of students achieving a coveted A* or A grades in one to three subjects.

Subject areas including French, German, Art, Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, English Language, English Literature, Economics, Further

Congratulations to the Class of 2017. You are leaving us for an impressive

Maths, Government and Politics, General Studies, Geography, History, ICT,

range of universities including Oxford and Goldsmiths with a diverse range

Italian, Latin, Music, PE, Psychology, Religious Studies and Theatre Studies all

of undergraduate degrees ahead of you.






Ellie Watson - Biology


Tayla Bates - Law with Criminology

Laura Simms - English Literature and Education

Andi Hendon - Law with Criminology

Maisy Gee - Zoology Aston


Akaash Sharma - Business Computing and ICT

Omair Ali - Computer System Engineering w/Foundation Nathan Williams - Financial Economics

Jatin Sharma - Computer Science

Yash Aryan - Financial Mathematics

Baljit Bhamra - Pharmacy


Jay Godden - Geography

Makenzie Harris-Thompson - Psychology


Tom Genner - Business Economics

Gursimran Kang - Biomedical Sciences

Sam Cartwright - Civil and Structural Engineering


Amelia Bywater - Marine Biology

Emily Bowden - History of Art

Bath Spa

Oliver Hampton - Education Primary Teaching

Catlin Graham - Pharmacology


Ollie Stanley - Economics

Alice Nightingale - Physics

Alastair Winning - History

Leeds Beckett

Aman Johal - Economics and Finance (2016 Leaver)

Ellie Frith - Music (2016 Leaver)


Kiran Lall - Management and Marketing

Birmingham City

Tom Wasserman - Computing and Information Technology


Saif Shah - Ancient History


Hattie Barber - Biochemistry

Aaron Bachra - Business Economics

Tom Horton - Classical Studies (2016 Leaver)

Poppy Nabbs - History

Meg Harding - Politics and German Cardiff


Fran Crawford-Clarke - Economics and Management

Joe Fellows-Cox - Law Loughborough

Dan Adams - Civil Engineering

Shalini Ram - Medicine

Cal McCullagh - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Holly Langston - Product Design Engineering

University (Czech Republic) Chester

Aaron Johal - Business Economics with Finance

Callum Grewal - Medicine (2016 Leaver)


Gaurav Gaind - Economics and Politics

Scarlett Rushton - Law w/Foundation Year

Ciaran Singh - International Business, Finance and Economics

Steph Scott - Psychology

Rahul Suman - International Business, Finance and Economics

Rina Thiara - Psychology

Elisha Dhir - Optometry

Divjot Reshi - Sports and Exercise Science

Nimesh Patel - Pharmacy Nicola Ryan - Psychology


Denin Dominic Joseph - Mechanical Engineering

De Montford

Jay Hayer - Architecture


Bella Harris - Geography

East Anglia

Olu Erinfolami - Education


Geneva Hoffman - Law with French Law


Charlotte Cocker - History of Art and English Literature


Ellie Burton - Criminology (2016 Leaver)


Max Rumble - Architecture

Charlotte Forrester - English

Queen Mary’s

Manraj Dhillon - Economics and Finance

Govind Randhawa - Medicine

Kiyah Joshi - Politics (2016 Leaver)

Chloe Hampton - Mathematical Sciences

Ajay Chandel - Chemical Engineering


James Williams - Popular Music


Jake Sidhu - Materials Science and Engineering

Emma Parlane - Chemistry with Biological & Medicinal Chemistry

Ritvik Pantula - Medicine

Karam Baden - Economics and Politics

King’s College London


Celia Madeley - English Literature

Anmoldeep Singh - Dentistry Sam Wootton - English

Sheffield Hallam

Morgan Colley - International Business with French


Joe Timmins - Economics and Finance


Jamie Wallis - Engineering w/Foundation Year


Jonnie Frith - Economics and Business Hari Gill - Mechanical Engineering w/Foundation


Cristina Dmitrewski - German and Italian Kieron Patel - Law with German Law


Tom Clinton - Law with Criminology

Also this year, congratulations go to... Beth Cartwright - Business Administration Scott Barnett - Sales Ross Parker - The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

who have all secured employment or an Apprenticeship 90 Upper Sixth Form students studied towards an impressive total of

268 A Levels Highest A*- B results of any independent school in Wolverhampton Accurate as at end of September 2017



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