Graham Thomas

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The School’s First England International

Captain Bertie Oswald Corbett, (Royal Artillery, taken some time during the Great War.) Bertie Corbett attended the School during the late 1880s, leaving in 1894 when the infamous Plummer was still headmaster. Bertie went on to become one of the era’s leading amateur footballers – and an international player to boot. Bertie Oswald Corbett was born …

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“I’ve got them on the list”

A piece of fun remembering the transition from Grammar School to Comprehensive in the early 70s.  To be sung to the tune of ‘I’ve got a little list’ from the Mikado.   Those pubs we used to hide in and never could be found I’ve got a little list–I’ve got a little list Six Bells …

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Sam Sails Ships

Want to hear some beautiful singing? OT Sam has uploaded a number of videos to Youtube. Here’s a link to one example.

As good a school as ever

Everyone thinks Lord Williams’s is the best. Here’s what Ofsted said after their last visit: “Lord Williams’s is an outstanding school.  It offers its students an exceptionally broad range of opportunities to develop their talents and interests, through a very well-resourced curriculum and the strong commitment of staff to a rich extra-curricular programme.” – Ofsted, 2011

A Brief History of the John Hampden War Memorial Fund

The John Hampden War Memorial Fund exists to make awards to students in tertiary education and to give money to School departments so that they can buy additional equipment, text books and teaching aids. The Fund has been in existence in one form or another for ninety years or so and its history explains the …

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Update from Committee Meeting

Yesterday, the first meeting of the year was held at the Foundation Centre. Topics discussed included initial arrangements for Founder’s Day – here the future of the rugby fixture was raised, ideas for holding a dinner at New College, whether to set up some virtual ‘interest’ groups, as well as the all the administrative updates …

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Light a Candle: A Story of Thame and Lord Williams 1525-1559

Lord Williams’s School is blessed – if that’s the right word – by the attention of many authors. The latest we’ve come across is Light a Candle by Brian A F Elks. The description on Amazon says, ‘This is an historical novel set in the period 1525 to 1559 it follows the events and religious …

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Photos from the 2013 A-Level and GCSE results days

Mark Bannister Photography has photos from the 2013 A-Level and GCSE results days.

OTA Committee Meeting

This will happen this coming Saturday 11th January at 10.00. All are welcome to attend. All are welcome to send us any thoughts that you feel should be discussed…anything really! The meeting takes place at the Foundation Centre on the Oxford Road, Thame.

Lord of Misrule

There was a tradition at the School for the senior pupils and the Masters to serve the juniors at one lunchtime before Christmas instead of the juniors serving them. This comes from the Tudor tradition of the Lord of Misrule, which saw a commoner placed in authority over his social superiors.