2nd November 2021

Dear Old Grovian

I write to you from ‘The Grove’ on a lovely sunny autumnal morning; the noise of the leaf blower tells me that the ground staff are working hard to beat the forever arriving leaves in the quad; I drove over the conker shells strewn across the back drive this morning; and the view from my office across the valley is a mixture of golden leaves and empty branches – winter is definitely on its way.

The school is back to its normal busy self after a year of what has felt like hibernation. The corridors and grounds are full once again of young voices and the weekends are packed with fixtures and activities- the school has come out of this uncertain period stronger and more determined, driven by our resilient Grove spirit.

The Old Grovian Association AGM will be held virtually again this year, the agenda and papers will be available for view through the link below by Friday 12th November.


A link will be sent out to you shortly after this to give you the opportunity to make any comments and to vote on the appointment of OGA officers.

The Remembrance Service will be held in the school chapel on Sunday 14th November at 10.30am for all those who wish to attend. The service will be recorded and a link will be sent out the following week for those unable to attend or who would prefer to watch remotely.  Unfortunately there will be no OGA social events this year, including netball and rugby.

As we have emerged out of covid there have been some changes to the School Foundation Office.  Roger Howard has stood down in his full time role as Foundation Director but will still be present on the Grove rugby pitches as he takes on the coaching of the mighty 2nd XV.  Mrs Sarah Lockwood has moved departments and is now supporting the school Admissions team. The School Foundation will now be run through the Marketing department.

I look forward to writing to you shortly to give more details on the launch of our digital archive along with the dates for a programme of year group reunions.  In the meantime we are looking out for ‘stories’ for our annual newsletter, Xaipete, and would be delighted to hear about any news you have that we can share with the Old Grovian community.


Sam Cadman (89-96, st 11-)
Director of Marketing & Commerce

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