Website launched to bring together former pupils of Skipton’s Ermysted’s Grammar School

14th January 2014

A new website has been launched by Ermysted’s Grammar School’s Old Boys’ Society, with the aim of bringing together former pupils of the school.

This site features memories and stories of life at the school through the years, as well as an obituaries list and details of famous former pupils. At launch, there are articles written by the poet and author, Blake Morrison, as well as Ig Nobel prize in Physics winner Dr Patrick B Warren. Other famous Old Boys profiled include ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ screenplay writer Simon Beaufoy (1980-83), footballer Rick Holden (1976-83), former Chancellor of the Exchequer Iain Macleod (1922) and BBC political correspondent Chris Mason (1991-98).

Former pupils of Ermysted’s are being encouraged to contribute to the site with articles, memories or photographs from their time at the school. They’ll also be able to use the site to find out about upcoming events and pay their annual subs.

Headmaster Graham Hamilton, also President of the Ermysted’s Old Boys’ Society, said: “Since its inception over 100 years ago, the society has survive changes not only in the school itself but dramatic alterations in society at large. Therefore embracing the new technologies of the digital age is a natural, fitting development for the society. Ermysted’s boys have been brought up to adapt, to respond to change, to survive in the face of adversity – so using the website should not prove a challenge!”

The website has been built by Embsay-based marketing consultant Charlotte Fox. As well as the website, the society has embraced social media with a Facebook page and a Twitter feed.

Stuart Clarkson (at Ermysted’s 1992-99 and Head Boy 1998-99), who’s co-ordinating the development of the website said: “We’ll be adding even more content over the coming months plus creating ways for Old Boys to stay in touch with each other and reminisce about their time at school. We also hope to make 2014 the first year that Old Boys coming to our Annual Dinner will be able to book and pay for their tickets online! The Old Boys’ Society is now on Facebook too, so whether you left Ermysted’s in the 1930s or just last year, join our page and interact with your old schoolmates!”

The website went live just in time for the 2013 Old Boys’ Dinner, held in the Refectory at the school on Gargrave Road, Skipton, in December. Around a hundred former pupils and masters of the school attended, with guest speaker Brian Dugdill (1956-63) talking about his work for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, where he has been leading the Smallholder Dairy Development Programme in countries such as Bangladesh, Burma and Thailand. The evening raised around £1200 through a quiz and donations, which will go towards the development costs for a new sixth form facility for the school.


Picture from the Old Boys’ Annual Dinner 2013 shows (L-R) Ermysted’s headmaster Graham Hamilton, guest speaker Brian Dugdill, Old Boys’ Society Chairman Ken Oxley and Vice-Chairman James Tiffany.

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