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The Old Tamensians’ Association is for all former staff and students of Lord Williams’s School, Lord Williams’s Grammar School – as it was before 1971 – and Thame Grammar before that. Our role is to help alumni keep in touch, organise events, and provide news on developments and changes taking place at the school.

Membership is free for life.

This web-site is a repository of all things OTA, the School and relevant stories of Thame that are connected to the School. This includes blogs, articles and news. Click on Blog (above) or on the Recent Post links (in blue) on the right for short articles, while longer essays are contained within the drop down menus that run along the top.

You can search the site for specific names and events by using the Search functionality. On this web-site we post longer editorial and feature items of interest; current news of alumni is contained in the monthly newsletter and on our Facebook pages.

Older news from 1900 onwards (including much news of alumni and other stories) can be found in the Histories drop down menu.

The OTA has an extensive on-line photographic archive at Flickr with over 4000 images, and an active presence across social media including Facebook. More information can be found on our Digital page – see navigation tab in the black bar above.

We have  pages dedicated to the history of the school and the OTA, and the roles of Tamensians in the 1st and 2nd World Wars.

If you do not receive regular e-newsletters from us then that likely means you’re not missing from our most up-to-date members list so please contact the OTA via the email address below.

Importantly please send your news and views as well to ota@waitrose.com

What’s in a name? LWS’s named buildings

Research by Derek Turner. Those who bought today’s Upper School site in the 1870s did the school an enormous long-term favour in acquiring such an extensive amount of reasonably level land, allowing space for the school’s later expansion a century later.   Inevitably the present collection of separate buildings are a bit of a hotch-potch, reflecting the …

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A History of Founder’s Day

A short history, we should add. Today Founder’s Day has two purposes: the first is to commemorate those who fell in the Wars, and those connected with school (students, staff, OTs) who have died over the preceding twelve months; second to celebrate the founding of the school. The Act of Commemoration first took place in …

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Copies of the School Statutes: Schola Thamensis (1575)

The first specific reference to the whereabouts of the Statutes is quoted by Lee  – see 2 below. He stated that the 18th Century antiquary Richard Rawlinson added a note dated 21 December 1743 to a copy in the Bodleian that the Statutes were ‘as scarce and valuable as any MS’. References are made to the Statutes …

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Founder’s Day 2019.

This is now confirmed for Saturday 9 November. The church will be opened at 0845 and the planned schedule of events is as follows: Church opens 08:45 09:00 – 09:45: Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Thame, including music performances by the Willie Howe scholars. 10:00 – 10:45: Coffee and our special archive exhibition at …

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