Will Pyke: The Patriots of Bournemouth School

Former History teacher and Deputy Headmaster William Pyke, who’s career at Bournemouth School spanned almost three decades (1987-2014), has published a book which is now available to pre-order. It focuses on the stories of school alumni from WWI.

His research has also contributed new names to the School’s Roll of Honour.

2018 Remembrance Service

All Old Bournemouthians are invited to attend the School’s Remembrance Service.

It shall be held at the School on 9th November at 10:00. Guests are asked to contact the School if they are interested in attending.

A recent Daily Echo article makes reference to former History Master and Deputy Head Master William Pyke, who shall be giving an address in the Assembly. He has recently written a book about alumni involvement in WWI. His research has also contributed new names to the School’s Roll of Honour.

The Association has donated £250 to the School to the cover costs of wreaths and materials for a large poppy display that shall be made by pupils.

Headmaster’s Plans to Expand the School

Bournemouth School continues to grow!

As part of the Headmaster’s initiative to increase the number of students admitted into Year 7 for September 2019, the School will require significant capital investment over time to extend, remodel and refurbish its accommodation. The School is applying through the Selective Schools Expansion Fund to secure such an investment. Dr Lewis, the Headmaster, writes:

These plans, if approved, will have a significant impact on the School’s future. We will be increasing the numbers of students joining us in Year 7, improving accessibility for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and working more closely with other schools.

This is also the first phase of a site development project to remodel, refurbish and extend our existing accommodation. If the bid is successful we hope to build a new block comprising classrooms, toilets and extended dining facilities. Such improvements are long overdue!

The plans are available to view below:

Consultation: Introduction

Consultation: Further Information

An open consultation on the proposals is being held until Monday 9th July 2018. Comments can be made through the Bournemouth School website, by email (consultation@bournemouth-school.org), by post to Mrs Julie Wheatley (Business Manager) or in person at the open event being held at the School on Thursday 5th July (6.30pm-8.30pm).

Historic Prefect Badge

A post submitted in a Bournemouth local history Facebook page shows an old prefect badge with bearers’ names inscribed on the reverse. Mike Fuller, the author of the post, is trying to reunite it:

This is a prefect’s badge from Bournemouth School. It is made of sterling silver and is engraved with the names of several ex-pupils on the reverse: N. Trayfort, A. Petty, K. Flintshire (46-47), J. Yeadon (54-55) and R. D. Seall (these are the names I can decipher). It is available to anyone who can convince me they are an ex-wearer or is a close relative.

The original post can be found in the Old Bournemouthians’ Association Facebook page.

Cover art from The Bournemouthian

Since contacting us last September to let us know that he was relaunching The Bournemouthian, the school newspaper, Ian Westhead has been busy. The paper now lives again, online, with some very impressive and interesting pieces, such as this overview of the school’s finances.

Ian has been in touch to suggest that some Old Boys may be interested in his scans of previous covers of the (print) editions of The Bournemouthian. It certainly brought back memories for this erstwhile editor.

Resurrecting The Bournemouthian

Many of you will remember the long-standing school magazine, The Bournemouthian. Did you know that there have been no new issues since 2003? Ian Westhead, a current member of the Sixth Form, writes:

Recently, I discovered an extensive archive in the library containing, along with a plethora of other documents, all issues of The Bournemouthian. I was dismayed to realise there had not been a copy published since 2003 owing to the departure of Mr Rixon, an old English teacher who edited it (who has subsequently returned).

There is, however, good news:

I, along with a few friends who share my interest in the history and happenings of Bournemouth School, have decided to get The Bournemouthian back on its feet – to resurrect it. We’ve been discussing the content and the logistics of it, and it seems The Bournemouthian will live again!

To help this rebirth, Ian would like contributions of any information, anecdotes and chiefly pictures that could feature in some of the new copies. Ian is particularly interested in the development of the school buildings, especially the effects of “The Great Fire of 1973”,
(“an anecdote I had heard my father mention”). Pictures of past headmasters and old plans of classrooms would also be of particular interest.

Anything from the evolution of the school buildings to the different subjects taught at different times would be of great benefit to the new editions, as I’m looking forward to writing articles about the history of my school!

Please do let us know, in the comments below or by email, if you can help.

Old Bournemouthians on the Western Front

Will Pyke, one of Bournemouth School’s History Masters, is in the process of completing a study of Old Bournemouthians on the Western Front in the First World War. Mr Pyke’s work has involved building a database of some of the very first Old Bournemouthians, some of whom were in the school’s first intake, and is intended to provide a different approach to David Hilliam’s Tig’s Boys. Originally intended to cover the whole war, Mr Pyke reports that he narrowed the focus when he realised that he had 550 pages on the Western Front alone.

To celebrate the First World War Centenary, Mr Pyke has been invited to to give one of the series of Bournemouth Library lectures, Aspects of War, at 11am on Wednesday 8th July at Bournemouth Library. The talk will last for about half an hour, with tea, coffee and the opportunity to ask questions afterwards. A flyer for the event can be found here.