Rugby and reminiscing make for a memorable reunion

Former students who left King’s in 1994, 2004, and 2014 were warmly welcomed back to school on Saturday for their reunion.

The day began  with an arrival drink and a few guests passing comment on how strange it was to be back by the headmaster’s office but this time with an alcoholic drink in hand!

OKS mingled with former staff members Roy Wheeler, Anne Marie McMahon, John Aves, Graham Hutton and Paul Consterdine and reminisced about their school days before enjoying a tour of the school site. Head, George Hartley led the ’94 and ’04 leavers and current teacher Steve Downey guided the 2014 leavers.

The tour finished at the new Sixth Form Centre for a short presentation given by the Head. All were impressed by the fantastic sixth form facilities and noted how lucky current students are to have such a well-designed space for their A level studies.

Following the presentation, former students were served delicious canapes by our in-house catering team and the drink continued to flow.  Everyone enjoyed looking through the collection of photographs and other memorabilia of their time at school.

Engaging conversations took place with OKS eager to support the school’s careers programme, an offer greatly appreciated.  Their willingness to give back and contribute to the growth and development of the next generation of students reflects the strong sense of community that defines King’s.

The room was filled with laughter and shared memories, as old friends caught up and new connections were made. The tour of the school brought was a highlight for many, with familiar classrooms and hallways providing the perfect backdrop to relive old memories and some of our guests were relieved that there was still time to enjoy the England vs Ireland Six Nations match.

The reunion was a reminder of the lasting impact of education and the influence of shared experiences. It was a day filled with laughter, friendship, and a sense of belonging.

As the day came to a close, there was a feeling of gratitude and appreciation for the bonds that were reignited and the new connections that were forged. The spirit of camaraderie and unity that filled the event serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of King’s and the special place it holds in the hearts of its alumni.

Photographs captured the memorable moments of the day.