Graham Thomas

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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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Latest OTA Accounts for 2020

Please find a copy of our latest accounts in the image below: The OTA was formed in 1909 so that makes it 111 years old. The first AGM was held at the end of that year, on 8th December, when the treasurer’s account showed a balance of £2 9s and 2d, with 55 members on …

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John Howard Brown

John Howard Brown was one of those long-serving teachers who joined in 1913 and did not leave until 1946. He was well-admired by colleagues and pupils alike. Below, we have summarised his life, with more to be added when we publish Volume 2 of the school’s new history. 1886: Born in Dover, 22 April. Father …

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A New History of the School has been published.

We are pleased to announce that a book has been published that covers the history of the school from 1559 through until 2020. It is available from Amazon worldwide both as a paperback and as a Kindle edition. If you think you know the early history of the school you’ll be surprised by the new …

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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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Biography of THOMAS WYKES GIBBARD C.B., C.B.E.

These are biographies of some of the pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years (1879-1891). THOMAS WYKES GIBBARD C.B., C.B.E., M.B. Durh. Major-General T. W. Gibbard, who died on Aug. 11 at the age of 92, qualified in 1886 and graduated B.M. with honours at Durham University three years later. After entering …

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Biography of Arthur Forbes

These are biographies of some of the pupils who were at the school in the Plummer years. Arthur Forbes: Cambridge University alumni bio: Pens. at CHRIST’S, Oct. 2, 1885. [4th] s. of Henry Twisden [Col., late Bengal Staff]. B. [Oct. 4, 1866], at Wanstead, Essex. Schools, Collège de Montreux, Switzerland and Thame Grammar, Oxford. Matric. …

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