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)