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  • A Bygone Age

    Ron Hodges was a much-loved caretaker who learned his trade under David Knibbs and continued during the reign of David Chamber . Pupils may not realise that Ron wrote poetry. Here are two verses from a longer […]

  • Dennis Hamley - Children's Author

    Dennis Hamley – Children’s Author

    This has been culled from Dennis’s website at If you’ve ever read The War and Freddy, you’ll know that Freddy was three when the Second World War started and nine when it finished.  He’s […]

  • Les Smith meets the Dave Clark V

    From Chris Stovold’s store of memories.. Mr Smith, the woodwork/metalwork master. Mr Smith was a good, old Oxfordshire man, ruddy faced and slightly overawed by a classroom of rowdy lads. His favourite cry, in broad […]

  • Warm memories of RLS in Wartime

    Taken from correspondence between Anthony “Sam” Weller and Ed Grimsdale. Both Ed and Sam were boys at  Bournemouth School before coming to RLS! “I was a pupil at the school in Chandos Road from 1940 throughout […]

  • Andrew P. Coatesworth

    Andrew is married with at least one daughter. He was born to the cricket-loving Headmaster of Buckingham Secondary School, Peter,  and his wife, Audrey, who, I think was a Psychiatrist. The family lived next door […]

  • The Boarder and the FEC

    One of the boarders that Ed Grimsdale didn’t teach was Mark Hesketh. Mark became a physicist, teaching at Stowe School. He’s still active  in the physics department of Manchester Grammar School. In conversation with Ed, […]

  • Time for Tea?

    Les Smith (Woodwork, Metalwork [aka “Smutwork”] and Technical Drawing)  was frugal. The scattered tables in the RLS staffroom had horizontal runners aplaced a few inches below their surfaces. By the end of the school day […]

  • George Kenneth Embleton - an Obituary

    George Kenneth Embleton – an Obituary

    written by Ed shortly after Mr Embleton’s death in 1992. George Embleton (GKE) joined the Royal Latin School on the 6th September 1948. To become a Headmaster at the age of 34 was unusual in […]

  • 100 Terms On

    100 TERMS ON      :                      HMS             or            HRH            or            RLS GKE with             EDE A MILLENNIUM ARTICLE Ed Grimsdale ( at that time :Deputy Headteacher, Royal Latin School) When I joined RLS in the late sixties […]

  • Who Needs a Passport?

    Jenny Green ( nee Ridgeway), an Old Latin who retired as Chief RLS Lab Tecnician in 2008, told this delightful story to Ed: The occasion was the first ever (?) School Skiing Trip To Austria. […]