OU e-Newsletter Spring 2016
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Richard Harman's Lasting Legacy

As Richard Harman starts his final term as Headmaster of Uppingham we reflect on his ten years and the lasting legacy he leaves for current and future pupils of Uppingham.

Since 2006 Uppingham has enjoyed a period of great success and progress. In addition to record pupil numbers, the transformation of the School’s campus at the western end of the town has been outstanding. When Richard resigned, Stephen Dorrell (M 65), Chairman of Trustees, said “Uppingham is a remarkable school and I thank Richard for the enormous contribution he has made to Uppingham during his decade at the helm.  He has overseen the development of some world-class buildings, whilst continuing the development of the School academically and pastorally.  Richard’s successor will be taking on a school in excellent health.” 

In recognition of Richard’s achievements as Headmaster, the School’s Trustees recently announced the launch of the Richard Harman Foundation Award which will ensure that the best and brightest children will be able to benefit from an Uppingham education, regardless of ability to pay. Our enormous thanks to the many OUs who have already offered their support for the Award, more details of which can be found on the OU Website.

Richard leaves Uppingham at the end of the Summer Term to become the General Secretary of AGBIS (the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools). A fuller tribute will be published in the next OU magazine.

Uppingham's 32nd Headmaster

Uppingham was delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Richard Maloney in November, who will succeed Richard Harman as Uppingham’s 32nd Headmaster, from September 2016.
Dr Maloney, who is 43, is currently Headmaster and CEO of St Bede’s School Trust in East Sussex.

Harry Loveday (LH 26)

We were very sorry to hear that Harry Loveday (LH 26) sadly passed away on 29th March, aged 103, he was the oldest OU known to us. Amazingly, Harry was born just three months after the sinking of The Titanic and started at Uppingham when our present Queen was just 5 months old, the much-respected P.F. Saunders had been a member of staff for just one year.
Pictured here on his 100th birthday for the 2012-13 edition of the OU Magazine, with his grandsons Simon (Fgh 83) and Rupert (LH 87) Gibbs

For details of other OUs who have sadly passed away since publication of the last OU magazine, please see the In Memoriam page on the OU website.

Record-breaking Rowers

Five remarkable OUs have completed the unbelievable challenge of rowing the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Challenge.

Team ‘Ocean Reunion’, made up of Joe Barnett (B 03), Angus Barton (Fgh 03), Angus Collins (WB 03) and Jack Mayhew (Fgh 02), won the race in 37 days 12 hours and 9 mins, smashing the previously held record.
The all-female team ‘Row Like a Girl’ with Bella Collins (C 06) came in second, completing the 3000 nautical mile journey in just 40 days 8 hours and 26 mins, breaking the record for the fastest female team to cross the Atlantic.
An incredible achievement and the teams also raised a phenomenal amount of funds for their chosen charities.



Memories of West Bank

We will be celebrating 150 years of West Bank on Saturday 28th May and look forward to welcoming OUs and staff past and present to the celebrations – click here for more information and details of how to book. We are keen to receive your memories of West Bank so please email Jo Franklin with any stores or anecdotes you may recall from your time in the House.
A West Bank 150th Anniversary tie is available to purchase from the School Shop, priced at £15.00. To order, please telephone Claire Mitchell on 01572 822211.

First ever OU Musicians’ event

It was fantastic to see so many OU musicians getting together at the Musicians’ Drinks Party held at Jewell Piccadilly on 18th March. Pictured above, Ralph Allwood (Director of Music 1978-85) and Jim Peschek (Director of Music 1969-78) who we were delighted could join us too. Click here to see some photos from the occasion. 
We would love to hear your stories of playing music at Uppingham and receive some photos for the next issue of the magazine, please email Jo Franklin.

Fives revival

Remember playing Fives at Uppingham? Nick Preston (C 74) and Stuart Watson (SH 73) are the first OU pair for many years to compete at the National Finals at Eton (in the VETS). Nick is keen to hear from any other Fives players, particularly those living in the Cambridge area who would like to play regularly, please email Nick.
Image above: 1910 Fives Team, Back: Kenneth Harper (LH 1906), Frank Harrison (C 1907) Front: Geoffrey Summers (B 1905) and Geoffrey Palmer (LH 1905) Capt.  

From the archives...

As part of an occasional series we take a look at what was happening in Uppingham 50 years ago with an old edition of the ‘Uppingham Association and School Society Leaflet’ published in May 1966.

The 'Get Work Ready' Workshop

As part of our ‘Uppingham for Life’ initiative, we want to do as much as we can to assist young OUs into the workplace and are pleased to offer a specially developed workshop, designed to equip those about to enter the workplace and those who have up to five years’ experience, with the essential skills needed to make a real success of those important first years. It will be delivered by OU, Alice Stapleton (J 98) (Career Coach for graduates) and Tim McEwan (leadership consultant, mentor, and Fellow in Management Practices at Cambridge Judge Business School). If you would like to receive further details, please email Jo.

Staff goodbyes

A number of long-standing staff are moving on to new pursuits. Will Chuter, Housemaster of West Deyne leaves Uppingham in July 2016 to become Deputy Head (Pastoral) at Gresham’s School. Toby Makhzangi will take over in September.

Jonathan Lee, Housemaster of West Bank also leaves us at the end of the year, to become Headmaster of Longridge Towers School, near Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland. His successor will be David Bartley who joins Uppingham after 10 years at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover where he currently runs a senior boys’ boarding house.

Richard Wilkinson, will be saying his farewells to Highfield after 15 years as Housemaster, though he will remain at Uppingham as Senior Admissions Tutor, while Richard Hegarty will take the helm at Highfield. A 'Farewell to Highfield' event for Richard Wilkinson will take place on Sunday 19th June, any OUs wishing to come will be very welcome. 
See the OU website for more details.

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A special opportunity to dine at the truly historic Trinity College, Cambridge, which happens to be Mr Harman's alma mater. To be held on Thursday 12th May.

The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chairman of Trustees cordially invites you to a drinks reception at The Mansion House on Tuesday 17th May 2016 at 6.30pm by kind permission of The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London.


We hope you will join us on Saturday 28th May at the OU drinks reception and lunch to be held in the marquee on the Headmaster’s lawn. Now taking bookings...

We are delighted to be celebrating 150 years of West Bank and hope you can join us for this special anniversary on Saturday 28th May.


Saturday 11th June

We are excited to be celebrating 40 years of girls at Uppingham and hope that you will be able to join us for lunch on Saturday 11th June.

This will be a great opportunity to catch up and reminisce with old friends, so please get in touch with your female contemporaries and encourage them to join you. Members of staff past and present will also be there and partners and children are very welcome to attend.

Friday 29th July at the Union Hotel, North Sydney

OVER 60s

Thursday 6th October

Thursday 2nd March

Save the date!
We hope that we will see you at one of the above events. To book or for further information, please contact us.

Issue 44 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.


The OU event calendar got off to a great start with the London and Hong Kong Dinners, our thanks to everyone that attended the occasions.



Jonathan Probets’ (Hf 91) experience with refugees
in Calais

Chris Philpot’s (B 82)
South Pole trek

Becky Elson (Fd 94) and the Great Wall of China Marathon

Nicholas Lumley (Hf 68) is playing Wagner in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus.

Nick Lumley (Hf 68) with Rosa Robson (daughter of Clive Robson (F 71) and Theo Fraser Steele (Fgh 85) all currently appearing in Doctor Faustus, The Alchemist and pictured here in Don Quixote.

Becky Timothy’s (Sa 05)
‘Alpine Challenge’

Rugby success for the
Baltic Exchange RFC

We are very pleased to report the following gifts made to the School.

In April 2016 Hal Whitehead (C 65), Frank Whitehead (SH 67) and Ian Whitehead  (C 74) kindly donated three large water colours to the school, painted by Francis Philip Barraud in c1890. The paintings are given in memory of their father Denis (C 40) and grand-father Henry (C 1897). The image shown is of the Old School House Quad and the original gateway to the school. The other paintings show the western interior of the Chapel, and the 1584 Schoolroom.

A most generous and outstanding collection of Han and Tang terracotta was given to the school in 2015 by an OU and his wife who wish to remain anonymous. With the help of an OU, The Foundation, and The Friends of Uppingham these exquisite figures are now magnificently displayed in a museum quality showcase in the Leonardo Centre.

Dan Black’s (B 87) lunchbox revolution

Fircroft and The Lodge take 'Fresher' to the Edinburgh Fringe

Joe Carnell (M 06) wins Lloyds Bank National Business Award

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