About us

The Chester Association of Old King’s Scholars (CAOKS) is a social and professional association for former King’s Chester students. Founded in 1865, it is the oldest alumni association in the country. CAOKS is run by former pupils for the benefit of former pupils. CAOKS is wholly autonomous and all King’s alumni are welcome to become part of “The Association”. The purpose of CAOKS is to promote inclusivity, friendship and interaction among alumni. There are many social events as well as providing members with an exclusive and very active “CAOKS Group” on LinkedIn. All alumni, whether members or not, are welcome to join in with these CAOKS organised activities. Personal and contact data and policies about its use are not shared between CAOKS and The King’s School as they are operated as separate entities. The School may send you selected communications from CAOKS (which you may opt-out of at any juncture) but will never share your data without consent. Regular newsletters keep members updated. A prestigious annual dinner is held at the King’s School, Chester and an informal London supper takes place each year. Although CAOKS is independent from the School, the Association gives assistance to the School Community including:

  • funding the Baty Overseas Voluntary Service Award
  • awarding the Old King’s Scholars’ Exhibition which is given to the most outstanding student going up to university
  • recognition of individual achievements on the sports field with awards at School Prize Giving



We greatly appreciate all articles and news items sent in for publication whether hand written, typed or by email. All material will be returned, if requested. If emailing, please send your contributions in text as MS Word (doc) files and pictures are best sent in JPEG (jpg) format. To share your news with CAOKS, please email Anthony Russell, Newsletter Editor Editor@caoks.co.uk


If you are a member of CAOKS and have moved home, please send your change of address to: Hon. Secretary CAOKS, 2 Heath Road, Chester, CH2 1HU or email HonSec@caoks.co.uk As of 2019, there are no membership fees to join CAOKS – all alumni will automatically become members when they leave King’s.