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


John Clement Purnell

One of the longest serving members of staff is someone who’s life story we know in some detail. That he worked at the School part time is no matter as it could be said he was responsible for establishing the foundations for LWS to become one of the country’s leading sports schools. John Clement Purnell …

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Virtual Founder’s Day, 2020

The first virtual Founder’s Day (due to Covid-19 of course) was a huge success. Over fifty people on the Zoom call, and over 1000 people viewed the video stream of the service. Seeing that this was the first time any virtual event had been held, the results were heartening. Subsequent feedback was excellent too.

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1934 School Photo

The headmaster was Arthur Dyer (1888 – 1954). A Cambridge graduate, who had fought in the 1st World War with the King’s Own Shropshire Light Infantry and had been mentioned in despatches. He was headmaster from 1929 until 1948, and was known as being a strict disciplinarian, introduced petty rules and even treated his junior …

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A Virtual Founder’s Day 2020

Saturday 7th November. 2020. Starts on-line at 10.00am Virtual Founder’s Day Service: celebrate 460 years of teaching at LWS Programme:* Welcome from the OTA President Bridget Trueman with Headteacher Jon Ryder* Reading and address by the Rev. Derek Witchell* Musical interludes from the Willie Howe scholars.* Roisin Robertson will read her poem ‘in memoriam to …

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