The Old Bromsgrovian Community

At Bromsgrove we feel it is important to keep in touch with our former pupils from the moment they leave, which is why our Alumni team will have been in contact with you throughout the years to tell you more about Bromsgrovians Connected, the online portal for OBs, and to ensure that your contact details are up to date. 

As an Old Bromsgrovian you have access to a powerful and vast network of over 9000 Alumni, including former parents, staff and friends of the School. The Alumni team is here to support former pupils throughout all stages of their life, whether it's contacts for university, internships, work experience or careers advice and networking opportunities.

There is a wide range of alumni groups which Old Bromsgrovians can also get involved in. We always welcome suggestions for other groups you might wish to start up. Every Commemoration Day, there’s an Old Bromsgrovians’ marquee on Lower Charford and a display of the School archives and memorabilia in the Old Chapel. The opportunities are endless and we want you to embrace them as you commence the next chapter of your life.

Now that you know some of the things that we can do for you, what can you do for us? Please follow us on our  Facebook page at facebook.com/oldbromsgrovians and on Twitter @BromsSchool and @Oldbromsgrovian. Please support us at events both in the UK and overseas; if you’d be willing to help organise events or have suggestions for speakers or venues, please let us know. Whilst you’re at university, you might wish to show current students around and once you’re established in your chosen career, come back to School and give a masterclass or presentation, help out at interview evenings or just be willing to give advice to those interested in a particular job sector.

Be proud that you are an Old Bromsgrovian and wear your OB tie and lapel pin with pride.


To learn more about Old Bromsgrovians and the Alumni Committee please follow the highlighted link. This will take you to Bromsgrovians Connected which is a web-based database for OBs, staff and past parents, enabling members to keep in contact with other alumni and the School after leaving. Access is by user name and password and the site gives users the ability to search for their contemporaries or staff members they have lost touch with, catch up on the latest School developments or even post news of their own.


Your Alumni Committee consists of:

Hans Rostrup (S 72-77)
Chairman of the Alumni Committee

Jess Lomas (nee Williams, Hz 92-00, Current Staff)
Events & Alumni Assistant
Facilities Hire/External Events
Email

Megan Griffiths (Current Staff)
Alumni Communications & Social Media Manager
Editor of The Bromsgrovian; Editor of the Alumni Magazine
Email

Lesley Brookes (Bursar), Peter Clague (Headmaster), Matthew Horton (Chairman of the Foundation), Rose Lake (TC 01-06), Catherine Maund (Former Academic Staff), Rachel Scannell (Assistant Head), Paul West QPM (Chairman of Governors)


Connecting with us through Social Media

We utilise a number of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to enable Old Bromsgrovians, Parents and Friends of the School to network online and connect with their contemporaries, as well as keep us up to date about what they are doing now.

                  


News, Obituaries and Announcements

Please send your news, announcements and obituaries to the Editor of the Alumni Magazine, Megan Griffiths. You can contact Megan by email: mgriffiths@bromsgrove-school.co.uk or by writing to her at the School address:

Alumni Office
Bromsgrove School
Worcester Road
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B61 7DU
U.K.

General OB enquiries can be directed to: oldbromsgrovians@bromsgrove-school.co.uk


OB Reunions & Events

You can find out when the next official OB decade reunion is taking place at School by visiting our Events Diary here

Unsure about attending a Reunion for your year group? Here are a few testimonials...

I nearly didn’t bother to make the re-union! Other things to do on a Saturday – golf, looking after grandchildren, gardening etc. However, I did bother and thank goodness.

I met up with a surprising number of friends from yesteryear who I had quite honestly forgotten about. The time span disappeared very rapidly and we were soon having a good laugh about our experiences so many years ago but also trading our current family and business scenarios. It was not only enjoyable but interesting.

The guided tour around the Schools facilities was staggering – the facilities are now quite incredible. If you haven’t been back for a long time, you’ll be staggered. Every aspect of the School life has quality. The sporting facilities are superb, as are the classrooms. The real eye-opener was the dining room and the catering – a good restaurant standard! The current Bromsgrove pupils are extremely privileged – I hope they appreciate it! (1970s Leaver)



Anecdotes

We have received a number of anecdotes and stories from OBs who have asked us to publish these for others to read. You can find these here


Awards 

The Chairman's Fund is open to Old Bromsgrovians who are using part of their gap year to experience voluntary work or work of a charitable nature in a third world country. The fund sets out to support shorter-term projects, of usually up to one month. Typically the kind of venture organised by 'Raleigh International', for instance, often consists of expeditions to countries with very poor infra structure and may involve expeditions to gather scientific, geographic or anthropological information.

There is also sometimes a demand for teachers of English, Science and Art related subjects or those on the expedition may be called upon to build schools, community halls or local shops.

Medical degree courses require students to undertake a 'Medical Elective' as part of their training; in the past we have supported such students. Several medical students have worked in severely deprived third world countries whilst fulfilling their medical elective.  The Chairman's Fund allows a small supportive donation, usually about £250 per applicant.

The Gauntlet Student Award
applies to current members of the School. They must apply before they leave. The award will not be means tested in any way.

Candidates for the award will present their schemes for approval to a small sub-committee of Old Bromsgrovians in informal surroundings. A key feature of the selection process will be an assessment of the originality and the degree of preparation put into the proposal by the candidate.

The closing date for applications will be April 1st each year, with the award or awards announced by May 31st each year. Successful candidates may also be expected to prepare illustrated articles for inclusion in various Bromsgrovian publications at a later date.

The award may be split between several worthy candidates, or, if not awarded in one year, the sum will be carried over to the next year.

The proposed scheme does not necessarily have to be of a strictly charitable nature although it would be preferable for it to be selfless and to benefit a community in some way. It might for instance involve conservation, historical/archaeological investigation or social work of some kind.

It is expected that successful candidates will undertake schemes far longer than those associated with regular gap year activities (e.g. Raleigh International). It does not however have to involve a third world country; it may be undertaken in the UK for instance.

You can apply for both The Student Award and The Chairman's Fund but you will not be given a double award. Remember that The Chairman's Fund is to support shorter-term projects (i.e. up to one month) whose preparation is largely determined by the professional organisation running it. Both awards are administered by the Bromsgrovian Club, not the School. 


How to apply for these awards


If you would like to apply for an award please contact us directly at oldbromsgrovians@bromsgrove-school.co.uk

Alternatively write to Bromsgrove School where we will pass it on to the appropriate OB members for consideration. Please include your years at School and house, postal address, email address, contact telephone number/s and full details of what you require the grant for, including the reason(s) why you think it should be given to you. If you do not include this with your submission, we cannot consider requests until full details are given.




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