OU e-Newsletter spring 2015
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Richard Harman to step down

Richard Harman, Headmaster since 2006, has announced that he will be leaving Uppingham School at the end of the 2015/2016 academic year. Having been supported throughout his 25 years in boarding by his wife Karin, who was ordained as an Anglican priest four years ago, the move will allow him to support her when she takes on a full-time parish ministry.

Official opening of the new Science Centre

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP (M 65), Richard Harman and Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys FRS.

Uppingham School’s magnificent new Science Centre was officially opened by Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys FRS on Saturday 22nd November. It was fitting that a world-class building which aims to inspire was opened by such an inspirational figure.

Brand new OU website

If you haven’t noticed already, we have a brand new, all singing and dancing OU website, take a look and visit regularly to stay in touch with what’s happening throughout the OU community.

'Four Men in a Boat'

In December 2015 four OUs will be rowing the Atlantic in what has been dubbed the "World Toughest Race”. Team ‘Ocean Reunion’ consists of Angus Collins (WB 05), Gus Barton (Fgh 03), Joe Barnett (B 03) and Jack Mayhew (Fgh 02) who will be rowing an epic feat of 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic launching on December the 15th this year.

Angus’ sister Bella Collins (C 06), will be inciting some sibling rivalry by competing in the race too, taking on the challenge in an all-female team ‘Row Like a Girl’.

More incredible OU feats

Other OUs have also undertaken eye watering feats of physical endurance across the globe. At the beginning of the April, Tristan Burwell (SH 01) and Hugh Richardson (Hf 00) as well as Thomas Bramah (Fgh 03) took part in the Marathon des Sables, click here for more details. Next month, Sam Sharrock (M 04) and his father Chris (L 70) will be competing in a multi-staged, self-supported ultra marathon through the Gobi desert, China.

Team Sharrock – Chris (L70) and Sam (M 04).
If you are raising money for a good cause, The OU Charity Fund (formerly known as Uppingham Society) may be able to help.

An evening with Jim Peschek

Marking his 90th birthday, Jim Peschek discusses his life in music with Director of Music, Stephen Williams. During a long and distinguished career in British music, Jim has made a significant impact on generations of young musicians.
Jim Pescheck, photo 1970. Director of Music 1969-78, retired from teaching in 1985.
Join him on Friday 22nd May, with drinks in the Paul David Music School Atrium from 18.30, the talk begins at 19.00 in the Recital Room. For more information and booking details click below.

We have received many requests from young OUs in recent months looking for help in sourcing work placements or advice in many different fields. 
These include piloting, ship broking, hospitality, PR & marketing to name but a few. Thank you to all those OUs who have offered guidance and support which has proved incredibly valuable.

If you feel you might be able to offer help to OUs, please click below for more information and also sign up to the OU network on LinkedIn

Uppingham and the First World War

Tim Halstead (Fgh 72) has been commissioned to write a book about the School’s involvement in the First World War.  He is very interested in hearing from anyone who has material or recollections about all old boys, those who died and those who survived, who fought in the war as well as those who had civilian roles.  In addition, it would be of great interest for him to learn of and see any private accounts and letters of boys who were at the School during the war.  If you think you can help please contact Tim at

Sports news

There have been some incredible sporting achievements this term.

Staff saying goodbye

A number of long-standing staff are moving on to focus on new pursuits. Nic Merrett (former Housemaster of Constables) who joined in 1990, left School at Christmas to spend more time working and fund raising for the Mango Tree. He’s bought a bike and is embarking on a Land's End to John O'Groats cycle. See

Lorne House will have a new Housemaster in September, when Kurt Seecharan departs from Uppingham and takes on a new role as Assistant Head (Pastoral) at Mill Hill School. His successor will be Andrew Huxtor. Alastair McLachlan will also be leaving us after an incredible 32 years of teaching at the School. Other leavers will be reported in the next OU magazine published in November. 

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Donald Fothergill (B 74) is kindly hosting an OU dinner for all OUs and partners, at his home, Kinross House on Friday 8th May. There are very few places left if you wish to attend this special event, contact Jo to book your place.

For all OUs working in the property industry, come and join us at a networking dinner at Home House on Thursday 21st May.


We hope you will join us on Saturday 23rd May at the OU drinks reception and lunch to be held in the marquee on the Headmaster’s lawn.

Back by popular demand, the OU Norfolk Dinner, on Thursday 11th June, will once again be chaired by Sir Charles Dunstone (LH 78) with Johnny Vaughan (LH 79) presenting the entertainment – be prepared for an evening of laughs, it’s an occasion not to be missed.

Wednesday 15th July
Friday 17th July

23rd/24th July TBC
OVER 60s

Thursday 1st October

Thursday 15th October
We hope that we will see you at one of the above events. To book or for further information, please contact us.

Issue 43 of OU Magazine will be published in November
If you have any news, announcements or stories you would like published, please email or post them to Jo Franklin at before 31st August.


A wreath was laid by OUs at the start of the annual Varsity Match held at Twickenham on 11th Dec 2014 to remember Oxbridge Blues killed during WW1, including OUs Harry Alexander (SH 1891), Francis Tarr (WD 1902) and Charles Vintcent (SH 1908).

The OU event calendar got off to a great start with the Middle East Dinner and London Dinner.

Click to view the photos.



Follow James Peach (SH 96) on his world cycle. He’s kept us up-to-date blogging about his efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust, filled with witty anecdotes.

Congratulations to Sir Dickson Poon (Hf 71), who was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours for services to business and education.

William Mansfield (B 87) has set up The Chloe Mansfield Fund, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and will be holding ‘Chloe’s Ball’ on 4th June 2015.

Dan Everard (H 60) sets ‘Lives in Motion’. Dragon Mobility a truly remarkable company set up by Dan, changes the lives of people with disabilities all over the globe. This year marks the 2000th powerchair produced by Dan Everard and his team, read more to see how you can be a part of their celebrations.

The School was delighted to receive a painting entitled ‘Just Waiting’ kindly donated by OU artist Leigh Parry (B 33).

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