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New Headmaster of Caterham School Announced

New Headmaster of Caterham School AnnouncedChair of Trustees, Mr Jonathan Bloomer, announced today that Mr Ceri Jones MA Cantab has been appointed Headmaster of Caterham School with effect from 1 September 2015. He will replace Mr Julian Thomas who will depart for Wellington College.

Mr Bloomer said: 'We had a large number of applications from many Heads and Deputy Heads. After a very competitive process there was strong agreement amongst the Trustees that Ceri is ideally suited to take the School forward, building on all the achievements at Caterham over the past decade.'

Mr Jones is currently Second Master at Tonbridge School, one of the leading boys' independent day and boarding schools. He is a former Head of History at Caterham School and returns to Caterham after ten years at Tonbridge School.

Mr Jones read History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and is currently completing an MEd in Educational Leadership.

His role at Tonbridge encompassed the day to day running of the school and deputising for the Headmaster. In 2013 he was seconded as Executive Principal to The Marsh Academy in New Romney, which is a maintained academy that Tonbridge School co-sponsors.

In 2012, in collaboration with The Sutton Trust, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and a number of independent schools in Kent he launched an access programme for disadvantaged but academically bright Year 9 students from non-selective maintained academies in Kent. The objective is to encourage these students to aspire to and apply to high ranking universities.

Mr Jones is married to Kay Moxon and they have two daughters.


CATERHAM LECTURES 2014-15The school is delighted to be welcoming the following guests to speak as part of our 2014-15 series of 'Caterham Lectures'. These lectures, which are open to all current and former pupils, parents and staff, aim to entertain, inform and inspire our entire school community.

No charge is made for attending the lectures, but we do ask that you reserve a seat by contacting Eleanor Kilduff at eleanor.kilduff@caterhamschool.co.uk if you wish to attend. Please note that space is limited so an early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Guest speaker: Captain Kevin Ivison GM, ex bomb disposal expert
Date: Friday 7 November
Timings and details: Drinks in the Concourse from 7pm; lecture begins in the Wilberforce Hall at 7.30pm; close approx 8.30pm

Kevin Ivison was awarded the George Medal (GM) in 2006 following his courageous action at the dramatic scene of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) ambush on a road known as Red One in Iraq.

The GM is the second highest level civil decoration of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. His incredible story of recovery is inspirational and was recently published in his book, Red One.

Just two weeks before he was due to leave Iraq, Kevin was tasked to defuse a sophisticated bomb by hand, under fire, with two friends killed by an earlier explosion lying only yards away. Against overwhelming odds and with little chance of survival, Kevin left final messages for loved ones before walking to what he was sure would be his death.

Kevin left the Army in 2009 and now acts as a counter-IED, bomb disposal and weapons intelligence consultant for a variety of governmental and commercial organisations.

Kevin's talk promises to be riveting and we are delighted to be welcoming such a distinguished guest to speak at our school.

Guest speaker: Roz Savage MBE, English ocean rower and environmentalist
Date Tuesday 25 November
Timings and details: Drinks in the Concourse from 7pm; lecture begins in the Wilberforce Hall at 7.30pm; close approx 8.30pm

Roz Savage is the first woman to row - solo - across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Roz is an Oxford graduate who dutifully followed the crowd into business - and stayed there for eleven years and rose to become a senior management consultant ?but she had a growing feeling that there was something inside her that would erupt if she didn't address it.

In 2005, she chose to tackle her first ocean. Little did she know that she would be wracked by the worst weather the Atlantic had seen since records began. During her 3,000 mile adventure between the Canaries and the Caribbean, she suffered from tendinitis and saltwater sores; all four of her oars broke before half way; and, when her satellite phone broke, 24 days before the end, Roz faced her toughest challenge yet - total isolation. Finally, after 103 days alone at sea, she rowed into English Harbour, Antigua, and into the history books.

She went on to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean (8,000 miles from California to Papua New Guinea). In 2011 she concluded her hat-trick of oceans by rowing 4,000 miles across the Indian, spending a record-breaking 154 days alone at sea. She now holds 4 Guinness World Records for ocean rowing, and in 2013 was awarded the MBE for services to sustainability and fundraising.

Roz's inspiring story is not to be missed: come along to hear more about her gripping, astonishing experiences.

Guest speaker: Dr Peter Jones MBE, Classicist, Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster
Date: Thursday 5 February
Timings and details: Drinks in the Concourse from 7pm; lecture begins in the Wilberforce Hall at 7.30pm; close approx 8.30pm

Dr Peter Jones graduated in Classics from Cambridge in 1964 and gained a PhD from London in 1971. He taught Classics as a schoolmaster for eight years in the USA, Edinburgh, Nottingham and London till 1974, then directed a project on the teaching of Greek in Cambridge for five years, and was finally senior lecturer in Classics in the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. He was appointed MBE in 1983.

Peter Jones now reviews for the Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard and BBC History Magazine (for which he is an adviser) and writes an 'Ancient & Modern' column in the Spectator. As co-founder of the charity Friends of Classics he has helped to launch a major 'Classics For All' appeal, whose patrons include Boris Johnson, Joanna Lumley, Ian Hislop and Tom Stoppard.

We are thrilled to welcome such an eminent Classicist to Caterham School; his talk will undoubtedly be enlightening and entertaining.

Guest speaker: Lord Carey of Clifton, Archbishop of Canterbury 1991-2002
Date: Thursday 19th March
Timings and details: Drinks in the Concourse from 7pm; lecture begins in the Wilberforce Hall at 7.30pm; close approx 8.30pm

George Carey was born in 1935 in the East End of London, the son of a hospital porter. He left school at 15 and began working at the London Electricity Board as an office boy, and also served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq during the fifties. By the time he was 20, he had decided he wanted to be ordained as a minister into the Church of England. At the age of 56, he took up the post of 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, serving 80 million Anglicans around the world. He retired in 2002.

Now the Rt Rev & Rt Hon the Lord Carey of Clifton, he has a busy and active Christian ministry to the present day. His primary interests are in education, development and a continuing engagement in public life through writing, lectures and debate in the House of Lords. He continues to serve churches and many charitable interests, and he is also President of the United Church Schools Trust and United Learning, a Group of 46 schools, including our Caterham School. He recently created headlines by announcing that he now supports the legalisation of assisted dying ? a view that is against the official position of the Church of England.

We are looking forward to welcoming Lord Carey back to Caterham School. It will be his first return to our school since he opened the Davey Building in July 2006.


Dear all

I am writing for two reasons. Firstly to thank you for the many good wishes I have received since the Chairman of Governors announced at the end of last term that I will be leaving the School at the end of this academic year. I will have had eight happy years at this wonderful school and will be very sad to move on. Julia, George, Christian and I have found the Caterham School community to be welcoming, generous and warm-hearted: it has been a pleasure to be part of something so special. With such strong foundations, I know that Caterham will continue to develop and flourish long into the future. I have said often to our leaving students that new and exciting challenges should be accepted with enthusiasm and vigour, so perhaps it is the right time for me to practise what I preach. Please be assured of my wholehearted commitment to Caterham throughout the next twelve months; as I said at Speech Day, as far as I am concerned, the academic year 2014/15 is very much "business as usual". The process to find my successor is well underway and I have no doubt at all that we will appoint an outstanding leader to take Caterham through the next stage of its development. Governors hope to make an announcement shortly after half-term.

May I also take this opportunity to say a little more about my forthcoming expedition to Antarctica which the Chairman of Governors also mentioned in his letter. I am excited to tell you that I will be attempting to trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole. This is of course an extremely challenging trek with only around 300 people having completed the full journey, without mechanical or wind assistance, since Amundsen and Scott trekked from the coast more than a hundred years ago. I look forward to it with both excitement and trepidation!

In the course of this 950km trek across one of the highest, driest, coldest and windiest locations on Earth, I hope to raise as much money as possible for the charity, Bliss, which gives vital support and care to premature babies. I am also hoping to engage students from Caterham, and around United Learning, in a variety of ways before, during and after the expedition, as well as raising awareness of some of the issues surrounding this beautiful and fragile continent.

I would be so grateful if you would consider supporting me by making a donation to Bliss. If you wish to do so, or even if you just want to find out a little more about my expedition, please visit


You can also follow my preparations on twitter @polecat2014.

Finally may I also take this opportunity to thank the School's governing body who have given me such outstanding support: so much of Caterham School's success results from their unstinting efforts.

With best wishes for the year ahead.



Old Cats Visiting the School

The doors to Caterham School are always open wide to Old Cats and we will welcome you back when you return.
We would kindly ask that you make an appointment before you visit so that the Secretary can accompany you round the campus.

Where Are They Now?

Sadly, we have lost contact with may OCs over the years and would very much like to find them again and welcome them back into the OCA community. If you know where they are or know how we can contact them, please let us know!
Please click here for the list:

Old Caterhamians' Scratch Golf Team

Calling all golfers - a message from Jem Blok.

The OCA continues to enter a scratch golf team into the Grafton Morrish Golf Competition on a yearly basis and the good news is that the Association has agreed to cover the registration, entry and green fees, leaving team players only with sundry expenses to meet themselves. We need to find six former pupils who would be competitive - in reality that means handicaps of 5 or below, but we'd still be pleased to hear from anyone in single figures to make sure we can at least take part! I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible. Please do all to pass this request on to any other Old Cats that may fit the bill!

For more information please contact Jem Blok at: jemblok@cavanagh.co.uk

A TRIBUTE TO D.G.E.HALL' by Tze Shiung 1987 - 1992

As promised in the latest Newsletter, please download a fascinating history and tribute to one of our old masters here:

DGE Hall, Empire, the Evangelists, and History


The Old Caterhamians’ Association Group is now live on  Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Access can be made through this website.

The Wilberforce Hall

The Wilberforce Hall is now available to hire for private parties. For more information please contact Alina.


We are always hoping to expand our database and attract new members.

Membership costs ?2 per annum or ?80 for life membership.

If you would like to join up or if you know someone who would, please contact Alina and she will send you an application form and joiners pack.

Please click on the icons below for a joiners leaflet and an application form :



The Christine Walker Gallery

If you would be interested in taking part in one of our exhibitions please do get in contact with the administrator:

The Gallery
Caterham School
Harestone Valley Road


Get fit at the Stephen Smith Sports Centre

Old Caterhamians' are entitled to use the excellent facilities at the Sports Centre at a reduced cost.

Please download a brochure here

Calling all Teachers and Gap Graduates

Are you interested in contributing to some of the many activities taking place at Caterham School?

We would love to hear from OCs who are able to help with the CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme or with any aspect of sports coaching.

Contact Mr. Matthew Godfrey at the school on 01883 343028 OR on matthew.godfrey@caterhamschool.co.uk

Also – if you are considering a career in teaching… then please get in touch. We always need ‘gap graduates’ to assist with sports coaching, drama, art and music – highly competitive salaries available with great perks!! This applies as much to recent university leavers as to more ‘mature’ OCs who may feel like a career break!!

Please do let us know if you are interested in any of the above.


We are always looking for news and more importantly, photographs of old boys and girls to include in our Newsletters. Please send us details of your news, stories and achievements! Include a photograph if at all possible.

Amazon Shopping to benefit Caterham School

If you wish to buy something from Amazon, please use the link on the School web site. http://www.caterhamschool.co.uk/links/

The school will receive 5% commission for each purchase you make. This income will be directed to school projects and/or trips. As there is no cost to you, it is a very easy way of raising funds for the school.


Maintaining Contact

Please continue to send us details of your new addresses, email addresses and contact information. We are constantly updating our members database and it is vital that we have up to date contact details.

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Telephone: 01883 335091 (Direct Dial) or 01883 343028 Ext 291
E-Mail: alina.rennie@caterhamschool.co.uk for general enquires: oldcats@caterhamschool.co.uk
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