Leamington old boys and girls look ahead to grammar schools’ reunion

Former pupils who started their grammar school education more than 40 years ago have started early homework on their reunion next year.

And because many of them went on to serve in the military, money raised on the night will go to Help for Heroes.

The group are former pupils of Leamington College for Boys and the Leamington College for Girls.

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They were there between 1972 and 1975 and the last grammar schools intake before both sites became part of North Leamington School, a comprehensive.

The school for boys was in Binswood Hall, and its most famous old boy was jet engine pioneer Sir Frank Whittle.

The Grade II-listed building is being converted into a retirement village. The girls were at Cloister Way, which is being developed for housing.

Mark Griffin, one of the organisers, said: “Many of us have great memories of our time at these great schools. We’ve all talked about wanting to go along and see Binswood Hall and the site at Cloister Way when they are completed.

“We then had a light bulb moment and realised that next year’s opening of these sites coincides with 40 years ago when many of us began our education there.

“What a great way to try and get class friends, fellow students and teachers from all those years ago for a reunion.

“Many former students served in the forces, so we felt that it would be appropriate to raise money for a great charity and we’ll be approaching local companies to see if they can support us.”

Mr Griffin, managing director of Expo Management Ltd, a trade magazine publisher, of Olympus Avenue, Leamington, added: “We know there are many who have moved away and overseas, which is why we are promoting it now.

“We’ve already lined up a few teachers to come along and meet some of their ex-pupils to see how we’ve all turned out.”

The reunion is on June 28 at Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club, Bericote Road. Prices and details have yet to be finalised.