Abeunt Studia in Mores

(“Studies Build One’s Character”)

Geoff Wills and his late wife Molly at Rowland’s Castle 2014

This website records the history and activities of the boys who attended the School over the years from its founding in 1928. We are proud that our establishment had such an illustrious cast of masters and boys. Many masters spent inordinate amounts of time and energy developing our sporting prowess, our dramatic stars of the future, our military officers and top civil servants.

The school started as a fee-paying grammar school and went on to become state funded after the second world war. Finally, in the 1970s a comprehensive model was adopted which, whilst not able to produce the same level of results as formerly, performed well in the circumstances.

It is now some eighteen years since Geoff Wills initially took it upon himself to arrange a 90th birthday celebration for Frank Haill. He invited some ten old boys to sit round the table and enjoy the milestone birthday celebration occasion of one of our old French Masters who also played a lead in School football and cricket. In fact, he was the last ever amateur footballer to have played in the top division of the football league when he played left-back for Fulham.

The following year Geoff arranged a meeting to discuss the resurrection of the original Old Cicestrians Association which had become defunct in the late 1960s and this time sixty-six were present. Many of those have now passed on, but it is encouraging to see a regular and growing attendance at the Christmas luncheon. Amongst those who played a leading rôle alongside Geoff, one must be mentioned in particular. Geoffrey Barnard's connection with the Old Cicestrians goes back a long way. He arrived at the High School in 1934 when its first ever students were still at the school taking their University Matriculation exams. He became School Captain and became the Old Cicestrians’ President in the 1950’s. He was also instrumental in the setting up of the Association as it exists today by encouraging a small group of interested old boys to meet up with a view to reconstituting it.

Important Note:

General Data Regulation (GDPR)*

Statement by the Old Cicestrians’ Committee August 2018

On the 25th May 2018 GDPR came into force requiring all organisations to have the permission of their members to hold personal data.

The Old Cicestrians (OC) is a small not-for-profit organization which holds data only managing membership and communicating with members. As such it is not required to register. By joining the OC and supplying contact information, members have given their consent for their data to be used for that specific purpose. The OC continues to adhere to the principles of the Data Protection Act and follows best practice in managing personal information.

*The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA)


The Old Cicestrians Constitution 

1) The Association: shall be called The Old Cicestrians Association.

2) Aims: To assist former pupils, teaching and support staff in staying in touch with one another and hearing news of other former school members. To share current news from the school and how the Association is assisting the school where possible. To inform members of events organised by the Association for the benefit of members of the Association. To liaise with the school and offer personal and/or minor financial support where appropriate and with the consent of the Headteacher (and where necessary the School Governing Body). To assist former members of the school in advertising events they organise through the Associations website. The Association aims to inform its membership of current news via the Old Cicestrians website and through its bi-annual Newsletter. 

3) Powers: To raise money to support the above Aims through the collection of an annual subscription from all members. The current subscription is £5.00 (January 2015). All social events organised by the Association for the benefit of members must be self-financing. The Associations Committee is empowered to work on behalf of the Association in the fulfilment of all the above Aims. The Committee will keep members informed of its actions through the Presidents Report given at the AGM and through both the Associations Newsletters and its website.

4) Membership: Membership of the Association is open to all former pupils, teachers and support staff of the Chichester High School for Boys (and the Lancastrian School for Boys) upon payment of the Annual Subscription. There is no upper limit to membership numbers in the Association but if the membership were to drop to less than 30 then the Committee would inform the remaining members that the Association was no longer viable and suggest how its remaining assets should be distributed to the school or other bodies with similar aims.

5) Associations Committee: The Associations Committee is elected from the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee shall comprise of a President, Vice President, Honorary Treasurer/ Membership Secretary, an Honorary Secretary and four other members. One of the four other members will undertake responsibility for production of the news-sheet and updating of the Association website. The Committee will have the power to coordinate a member to serve on the Committee by virtue of possessing special knowledge or expertise relating to a specific matter in hand. If a Committee member leaves during the year then the Officers of the Committee can co-opt another member onto the Committee until the next AGM when all members come up for re-election. When possible, a representative of the School would be welcome to join the Committee to provide essential liaison and advice. 

6) Officers:  A President and Vice President shall be appointed at the AGM to serve for one year or longer as the meeting may decide. The President will act as Chairman at all Committee meetings. In the event of the President being unable to continue in office or being unable to attend a Committee meeting, the Vice President will automatically assume the Presidency until such time as the President is able to resume office. The Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer/Members Secretary shall be appointed each year at the AGM to serve for one year but similarly shall be eligible for re-election.

7) Meetings:  Members of the Committee will meet on a regular basis to discuss and organise future social events for the members and how the Association can most effectively support the School as indicated in the Association Aims. Minutes will be taken at all meetings. A resolution signed by all Committee members shall be considered to be passed as if it had been made at a meeting. In the event of there being a need to call an Extraordinary Meeting, this must be agreed by at least three Officers of the Association. Committee Members must be given a minimum of 4 weeks notice of such an EGM.

8) Finances:  The Association’s bankers will be HSBC (Chichester Branch) and the Honorary Treasurer will be responsible for operating the account(s) on behalf of the Association. All cheques drawn on the account above £300 in value shall be attested by the joint signatures of the Honorary Treasurer/Membership Secretary and one other Committee member to be appointed by the Committee on an annual basis. A statement showing the financial activities of the Association during the year shall be audited and presented by the Honorary Treasurer to the AGM. The qualified Auditor must be approved at the AGM each year. A small expenses payment will be given to the Auditor each year, provisionally £30.

9) Amendments to the Constitution: Revisions to the Constitution that are proposed by the Associations Committee must be approved by at least two-thirds of those members present at the next AGM. All members will be informed of the proposed changes via a newsletter and on the Associations website. Any member(s) seeking clarification or declaring an objection must do so in writing to the President at least two weeks prior to the next AGM. Their comments will be shared at the AGM prior to any vote being taken.

10) Dissolution: As indicated in section 4) Membership, if the membership were to drop to less than 30 members then at the next AGM the Committee would inform those present that the Association was no longer viable and their proposed method of distributing any remaining assets. At that point, all bank accounts held by the Association would be closed.

13 February 2016