The Old Bromsgrovian Community
At Bromsgrove we feel it’s important to keep in touch with our former pupils from the moment they leave, which is why our Alumni team will have been in contact with you throughout the years to tell you more about Bromsgrovians Connected, the online portal for OBs, and to ensure that your contact details are up to date.
As an Old Bromsgrovian you have access to a powerful and vast network of over 9000 Alumni, including former parents, staff and friends of the School. The Alumni team is here to support former pupils throughout all stages of their life, whether it's contacts for university, internships, work experience or careers advice and networking opportunities.
There is a wide range of alumni groups which Old Bromsgrovians can also get involved in. We always welcome suggestions for other groups you might wish to start up. Every Commemoration Day, there’s an Old Bromsgrovians’ marquee on Lower Charford and a display of the School archives and memorabilia in the Old Chapel. The opportunities are endless and we want you to embrace them as you commence the next chapter of your life.
Now that you know some of the things that we can do for you, what can you do for us? Please follow us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/oldbromsgrovians
and on Twitter @BromsSchool
. Please support us at events both in the UK and overseas; if you’d be willing to help organise events or have suggestions for speakers or venues, please let us know. Whilst you’re at university, you might wish to show current students around and once you’re established in your chosen career, come back to School and give a masterclass or presentation, help out at interview evenings or just be willing to give advice to those interested in a particular job sector.
Be proud that you are an Old Bromsgrovian and wear your OB tie and lapel pin with pride.
To learn more about Old Bromsgrovians and the Alumni Committee please follow the highlighted link. This will take you to Bromsgrovians Connected which is a web-based database for OBs, staff and past parents, enabling members to keep in contact with other alumni and the School after leaving. Access is by user name and password and the site gives users the ability to search for their contemporaries or staff members they have lost touch with, catch up on the latest School developments or even post news of their own.
Old Bromsgrovian News, Obituaries and Announcements
Please send your news, announcements and obituaries to the Editor of the Alumni Magazine, Megan Griffiths. You can contact Megan by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by writing to her at the School address:
General OB enquiries can be directed to: email@example.com
Old Bromsgrovian Anecdotes
We have received a number of anecdotes and stories from OBs who have asked us to publish these for others to read. You can find these here
The Chairman's Fund
is open to Old Bromsgrovians who are using part of their gap year to experience voluntary work or work of a charitable nature in a third world country. The fund sets out to support shorter-term projects, of usually up to one month. Typically the kind of venture organised by 'Raleigh International', for instance, often consists of expeditions to countries with very poor infra structure and may involve expeditions to gather scientific, geographic or anthropological information.
There is also sometimes a demand for teachers of English, Science and Art related subjects or those on the expedition may be called upon to build schools, community halls or local shops.
Medical degree courses require students to undertake a 'Medical Elective' as part of their training; in the past we have supported such students. Several medical students have worked in severely deprived third world countries whilst fulfilling their medical elective. The Chairman's Fund allows a small supportive donation, usually about £250 per applicant.
The Gauntlet Student Award
applies to current members of the School. They must apply before they leave. The award will not be means tested in any way.
Candidates for the award will present their schemes for approval to a small sub-committee of Old Bromsgrovians in informal surroundings. A key feature of the selection process will be an assessment of the originality and the degree of preparation put into the proposal by the candidate.
The closing date for applications will be April 1st each year, with the award or awards announced by May 31st each year. Successful candidates may also be expected to prepare illustrated articles for inclusion in various Bromsgrovian publications at a later date.
The award may be split between several worthy candidates, or, if not awarded in one year, the sum will be carried over to the next year.
The proposed scheme does not necessarily have to be of a strictly charitable nature although it would be preferable for it to be selfless and to benefit a community in some way. It might for instance involve conservation, historical/archaeological investigation or social work of some kind.
It is expected that successful candidates will undertake schemes far longer than those associated with regular gap year activities (e.g. Raleigh International). It does not however have to involve a third world country; it may be undertaken in the UK for instance.
You can apply for both The Student Award and The Chairman's Fund but you will not be given a double award. Remember that The Chairman's Fund is to support shorter-term projects (i.e. up to one month) whose preparation is largely determined by the professional organisation running it.
How to apply for these awards
If you would like to apply for an award please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively write to Bromsgrove School where we will pass it on to the appropriate OB members for consideration. Please include your years at School and house, postal address, email address, contact telephone number/s and full details of what you require the grant for, including the reason(s) why you think it should be given to you. If you do not include this with your submission, we cannot consider requests until full details are given.