About the Old Boys’ Society
Ermysted’s Grammar School’s long history, coupled with the loyalty it inspires amongst its pupils both past and present, means we have an extremely active Old Boys’ Society. We take a keen interest in the progress of the school and also contribute financially through fundraising to support the school’s development – for example helping with the cost of new buildings, refurbishment and the purchase of equipment.
The Old Boys are proud of the school. We enjoy hearing of its academic successes, its sporting and musical achievement, its drama activities and its rich variety of trips and foreign excursions. Our experiences and reminiscences help to draw a picture of a school that has developed throughout the 20th Century into one of the UK’s top grammar schools.
The varied achievements of Old Boys of the school throughout history highlight the fine teaching and strong discipline that inspired boys to succeed.
For the latest news about the school and its activities today, please visit the school website.
Ermysted’s Old Boys’ Society Committee
Your Society Committee is made up as follows:
President and Vice-President – un-elected – the holders of these positions are the Headmaster and a deputy/assistant Headmaster of the school.
The Chairman is selected by the Committee and formally elected at the Annual General Meeting. The holder is usually in position for a three year period.
The Vice-Chairman is selected by the Committee and his name is put forward to the Annual General Meeting for approval. The Vice-Chairman is, in effect, the Chairman-elect.
The Treasurer is elected at the Annual General Meeting from members nominated at the meeting.
The Secretary is elected at the Annual General Meeting from members nominated at the meeting.
Committee members are elected, or co-opted, for a period of five years. In recent years several members have been co-opted after the A.G.M. in an attempt to lower the average age of the Committee and to bring to the Committee specialist knowledge.
Current committee members
|President – Michael Evans (Headmaster), appointed in 2016.|
|Vice-President – Stephen Speak, Assistant Head Teacher.|
|Chairman – James Tiffany
James was at school from 1984 to 1991, and was Head Boy in his final year. He works for the family’s building contractor business and lives in Embsay with his wife and children.
|Vice-Chairman – Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy was at Ermysted’s from 1972 to 1979 and is currently a school governor. He is a farmer and lives in Broughton.
|Treasurer – Ken Oxley
Ken has been the Society Treasurer since 1975. He was at school from 1950 to 1955, spent his working life at Skipton Building Society and is currently the school’s Clerk to the Governors. He has been Chairman of the Old Boys’ Society twice – between 1994 and 1996, then 2012 to 2014. He lives in Skipton.
|Secretary – Stuart Clarkson
Stuart was at school from 1992 to 1999 and Head Boy during his final year. He has worked as as a broadcaster, journalist and PR specialist and lives in Silsden. His role as Secretary includes looking after the website and social media for the Old Boys’ Society.
Other committee members
Len Price 1949-53
David Smith 1957-1962
George Hunt 1963-1970
Tony Barrett 1967–1974
Roger Humphreys 1972–1979 (also current member of teaching staff)
Neville Lawson 1974-1979
Toby Capstick 1989–1996
Fraser Lovatt 1990–1996
Nick Mattock 1991-1998
Robert Berry 2002-2009
Joe Binns 2002-2009
Richard Carr 2002-2009
Izaak Beck 2007-2014
Tom Ashworth (Headmaster 1999-2008)
David Clough (Master/Deputy Head 1988-2014)
How the committee works
The Committee usually meets twice per year, in addition to the Annual General Meeting. The first meeting as in the Spring term when in addition to the usual reports from Officers the meeting has to decide potential Chief Guest(s) for the Founders’ Day Dinner. The Chief Guest is always an Old Boy, which can include former members of school staff, who are all Honorary Old Boys. The Secretary then contacts the nominated member to gain his acceptance of the invitation. At this meeting the decision who to contact potential catering suppliers for the Dinner is made, as well as the basis of the menu. The second meeting is in the early part of the Autumn term, as well as the usual meeting business the details of the Founders’ Day Dinner are finalised. An Old Boy to read the Society Bible reading in the Parish Church at the Founders’ Day Service is also selected.
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