The Old Kingswoodian Association
The Old Kingswoodian Association is a vibrant community of over 5,000 former pupils of Kingswood School. It aims to provide opportunities for Old Kingswoodians to keep in touch with each other and Kingswood School, to support current pupils where possible and to further their interests.
A comprehensive and growing programme of social, sports and arts events, reunions for specific years and geographical groups are organised annually, at the School and around the world.
Through its members, the Association assists fellow Old Kingswoodians and those still at Kingswood with career information, mentoring and talks.
The Executive Committee, meeting at least three times a year, is responsible for the development of the strategy and the day-to-day running of the Association along with Michele Greene, Development and Alumni Officer.
Year Group and Sports Representatives
This is a new initiative which aims to encourage alumni to volunteer to network with their peer group and act as representatives for events. If you are interested in becoming a year group or sports' representative please contact the Association office.
The annual KAN Magazine is sent to all members and is supplemented by regular electronic and social media communication. The 2018 KAN Magazine can be read by clicking on the image below and it will provide readers with an update of what has been going on in the Kingswood Association over the past year.
Alumni Around The World
There is a list of alumni living abroad who are willing to provide advice and support to others who are visiting their countries in the KAN Magazine mentioned above.
Gary Best Travel Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded annually to any Old Boy or Old Girl under the age of 26 who will carry out work for a charity/NGO which benefits a community in a deprived part of the world. The work, whether paid or unpaid, must have an altruistic and socially beneficial aim and done within a 12-month period from the date of the award. In the past, awards have ranged from £300-£500, but this is dependent on the number of successful applicants and the amount to be disbursed.
Find out more about the Gary Best Travel Scholarship below.
There are two types of mentoring programmes in development, one designed to support alumni going to or already at university, known as the Undergraduate Scheme, and one for those who have entered the workplace, known as the Professional Scheme. These are new schemes and are currently in the development phase, but early indications are that they will be of great benefit to alumni.
The Undergraduate Scheme is designed to provide Sixth Form students with information about courses, the universities themselves, and how to prepare for life at university. The mentors are currently at university or have left within the past three years and have volunteered to be contacted by students interested in talking to them about their choices and experiences. The Alumni and Development Officer maintains the database of mentors and connects them with the students upon receiving a request about a particular course or university. If you would like to act as a mentor, please contact the Association office.
The Professional Scheme is designed to support those who are about to enter the workplace after university or an apprenticeship. It is planned that the Association will hold information about alumni in areas of expertise such as accountancy, law, commerce, civil service, etc. and about those who are willing for their details to be passed onto other alumni with an interest in these fields. This initiative requires experienced alumni to provide their details to Michele and for the alumni looking for advice in the workplace to contact Michele to register their interest and requirements. If you think you can help or would like to benefit from this opportunity, please contact the Association office.
Hire of Facilities
The School has a wide range of excellent amenities for hire that are suitable for business, sporting and social occasions, and wedding receptions. To find out more about the hire of facilities, click here.
Alumni and their guests are welcome to visit the School at any time; however, you are advised to book through the Association office in advance to ensure that there are no problems with your chosen date and that a member of staff is available to accompany you and your guests around the School. Please note that you are not allowed to walk around the School unaccompanied.
Alumni and Development Officer
01225 734 283
The Old Kingswoodian Association Office