Reconnecting with Old Verlucians
We are delighted to announce that from 1 September, Graeme McQueen will become Head of Development and Alumni Relations heading up the Development Office which will be located in the Sixth Form Centre. This is a new post and one to which Graeme, having been a member of staff since 1986 is well suited.
He is relishing the task ahead, “This is an exciting new chapter in the School’s history and a wonderful opportunity to unite the School community, both past and present, and look at ways of making it sustainable and accessible as we move into the 21st century, while preserving its heritage and ethos.
My first task is to restore contact with former pupils, and I would urge everyone to get back in touch with us. It would be fantastic to establish a global network of our former pupils who could, for example, provide a source of careers advice and contacts for our current pupils and OVs alike, wherever they are in the world. Networking has always been a powerful tool for career progression and arguably has never been more important. We also aim to invite OVs back to the School on a regular basis and are currently planning a series of events.
Our aim is also to reconnect with our heritage and foundation. In 1707 Lord Weymouth and the former Bishop of Bath and Wells, Thomas Ken, founded Lord Weymouth’s Grammar School principally to provide free education for the children of Longleat estate workers. The School would like to echo the sentiments of its founders and establish a fund that allows us to provide financial support on a needs-blind basis for pupils from a wide variety of backgrounds, who would benefit from a Warminster education. This move, in support of social mobility, while enriching the School, is very much in keeping with the School’s values.
I look forward to keeping in close contact with the OV community and updating everyone on the successes of our pupils, both past and present.”