Annual report 2012-13

The Annual General Meeting was held in the School Library at 6:00pm. prior to the Founders’ Day Dinner, a total of 29 Officers and Members were present.

The President’s Report

The President reported that the pupil role is now just over 800.

He reported that, in 2012, Ermysteds was well placed nationally in examination results, with a total of 9 students gaining places at “Oxbridge”, with 60students securing places at Russell Group universities and 9 securing places at the “1994 Group” of universities.  The overall “A” level results helped to maintain the school as one of the most, if not the most, successful school in North Yorkshire. The “Sunday Times” recorded the school as being the 50th. in the “league tables”.

The School again had a very high “value added” score at G.C.S.E. with 99% gaining A* – C results.

These results are a tribute to all the hard work and dedication by students and staff alike.

The development of the school continues, the President expressing thanks to Ken Oxley for all his work on the School’s behalf. He has generated several hundred thousand pounds in grants, donations and bids. Without his efforts the accommodation on the site would be a good deal less comfortable and attractive.

At the 2011 A.G.M., the President light-heartedly reported that in the preparation for the replacement of rooms 5 & 6 the skull of a primitive man, believed to be over 3000 years old, was found. He was thought to have belonged to a prehistoric tribe, known as “Barnoldswick Man”, a primitive being with short legs and long arms, described by experts as being somewhere between apes and humans. Sadly, they do not know anything about the skull.  Unfortunately the experts cannot expand upon their initial findings.

On the sporting side of school life, he reported that 7 students had represented their chosen sport at National level, an astonishing statistic.

School teams at Cross Country won County and National Honours. In the Harrogate and Craven Cross Country Championships the school won 4 out of the 5 team awards, and in the North of England Country Championships came Second and Fourth in the final of the England Schools Cross Country Cup.

The Junior Fell Running team 9Years 8 & 9 students were winners at the National Fell Running Championships.

The Under-18 XV rugby squad made good progress in the Daily Mail Vase before being beaten by Wirral Grammar School in Round 7, while the Under-15s XV reached the last 32. Lower down in the School the year 7 boys won the Yorkshire School Under -12s Rugby Cup.

The Under-16 hockey squad travelled to the Yorkshire Championships, coming home as Champions, and, even more prestigious, the North of England title. This success is remarkable as Hockey is not one of the usual school sports. In early December 2012, the Under-18 hockey team were narrowly beaten in the final of the Northern Round of the National Indoor Cup, but they still qualified for the National Finals.

Cooking is developing into a popular subject, it’s profile being raised in late 2012 by a B.B.C. television documentary following the life and times of Dorothy Hartley, whose father, Edward Hartley, was Headmaster from 1875 until 1906.

The President closed his report by thanking the Society for its support.

The Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer reported that the Society was healthy and financially sound. The Income and Expenditure Account shows a balance of £18,433.27, while the Investment Account stands at £18,812.33.

The Secretary’s Report

The Secretary reported that the majority of correspondence received during the year was relating to changes in addresses, which he had passed on to Ken Oxley to enable the database to be up-dated. He stressed to the assembled Members that it was important to keep the Society up-to date with their addresses, we get too many items of correspondence returned – “Not known at this address”. He also advised that “The Chronicles” has not been sent out this year, various problems plus the increasing cost of postage being the reasons. He announced that the Society was looking into “The Chronicles” being made available on the Society web-site, which is being prepared at the moment. “Watch this space”

The Society sports results for 2012 were:-

Rugby – not played.              Cricket – not played.

Golf –  v.  – School – match abandoned – torrential rain.

v.  Giggleswick Old Boys – lost.

The Hitchin Trophy was won by T. Greenwood.

Election of Officers

The election of Treasurer and Secretary was once again straight forward, both being re-elected un-opposed.

The Treasurer reported that, due to increased postage costs and the increase in the cost of “The Chronicles”, the annual subscription was barely covering costs. The Committee were therefore requesting an increase of subscriptions from £7.50 to £10.00. The motion was proposed by the Chairman, seconded by Tony Barrett, and passed unanimously.

The Chairman reported that Ivan Rhodes had been the Society Representative on the Board of Governors for some years and was overdue for re-election. He has been a very good asset on the Board and if elected, would continue to do so.

Proposed by the Chairman, seconded by the Secretary, and passed unanimously.

As is the tradition, the Annual General Meeting was followed by the Founders’ Day Dinner. A good attendance enjoyed an excellent dinner, most attendees opting to sit alongside friends from their school days, exchanging news and reminiscences.

The Chief Guest at the Dinner Roger Whittaker was unfortunately ill, but his speech was presented by his son, Rueben, who lightened some passages of his father’s notes without losing any of intentions of his father’s speech.

As has been the tradition, the evening closed, after a reasonable delay for partaking of the delights for sale at the bar, with the assembled throng singing both school songs, “Forty Years on” and “Men of the Uplands”, followed by Christmas carols.

Len Price ( Hon. Sec.)

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