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Members of the Old Burians’ Association are warmly invited to:

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme… You better get me to school on time!

School of Rock is a two-act musical based on the hit movie. The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December 2022
Bar open from 6.00pm
Lower Hall
King Edward VI School

Tickets available to purchase online at a cost of £10 each from

We look forward to seeing you!

The 2022 AGM and Reunion Dinner

This took place on Saturday 1st October 2022. We plan to have a full report and pictures in the 2023 “Old Burian” Magazine, but in the meantime you can see a few photos here.

Farewell – Stuart Ringrose

We are sad to report the death of Stuart Ringrose, who was a student at KEGS from 1942 (beginning in the Prep School) until 1953. Stuart took a very full part in the life of the school, and amongst his many achievements he served as a School Prefect, Head Boy, C.C.F. Sergeant, Chairman of the Debating Society, Marksman, 1st Class Scout, and 1st XI Hockey Team player. He started work with National Provincial Bank in Bury St Edmunds in the Autumn of 1953, and received mention several times in The Burian magazine as his career progressed. He remained a faithful supporter of The Old Burians’ Association for the rest of his life. He will be sadly missed, and we extend our sincere condolences to his family.

Stuart’s Funeral Service was held at the North East Surrey Crematorium on 2nd September 2022. Donations in Stuart’s name for the work of St. Raphael’s Hospice can be made using this link.

The 2022 “Old Burian” Magazine – now available

Regrettably there was some delay in publishing the Magazine this year, but postal copies should have been delivered around the end of June. Members who received the June email Newsletter will have been given the password to access their online/downloadable version, which you can find here. We hope you enjoy it. Please don’t share the password but encourage others to join the Association and receive their own copies.

Photography Competition 2021/22 – Results

The results of the 2021/22 Competition were announced in the 2022 “Old Burian” Magazine, issued recently. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who entered.

Historic Founder’s Day service recalled by Bury Free Press

For centuries the School had paid homage annually to its founder with a Founder’s Day service in the Cathedral.  But 50 years ago saw the last of these occasions, as the school prepared for its new identity and new home at the Grove Road site.  The outgoing Head Boy presented the youngest of the new intake with a red rose in a gesture symbolic of handing on the traditions of the old school to a new generation.  The moment was captured by the Bury Free Press, and recalled recently as part of their ‘Nostalgia’ series.  You can see it here

We are grateful to David Nichols, the current School Librarian, for bringing this to our attention.

New Committee members needed

We are urgently looking to fill two vacancies on the Committee. There is a bit of detail on each below.  Please get in touch if you can help or want to know more.  The Committee meets on alternate months in the evening for about two hours, plus the AGM. And as we are spread all over the UK, they are held via Zoom around 7.30pm UK time.

Arrange and organise Reunion and other events for the OBA; 
Liaise with our Treasurer on payments to do with events;
Other members of the Committee are incredibly supportive of this role but our activities as an association could be limited if it remains unfilled.

A new role. Bring out your artistic side! You don’t have to be Samuel Pepys or be partial to typing the odd blog but if you could put a newsletter together 3 or 4 times a year to keep our members up to date, please let us know.  Of our 540-strong members, about 170 receive postal versions of our communications and this role is a bit more time consuming than others. 

For more details on either of these roles please get in touch with Adrienne Williams, either by email to or by using the “Send us a message” form. Having more people on the Committee would mean that we can make the OBA much more useful to its members, and we so want to be able to do that. We envisage that only the School Liaison Officer would need to be based in or near Bury St Edmunds as visits to the school may be needed from time to time.

The King Edward VI Alumni Mentorship Programme

Read the Open Letter to Members from Charles Hamel-Cooke, and think about whether you could pass on your experience to today’s generation of students.

“A Pupil at KEGS in the Fifties”

Read what life was like in the Fifties at KEGS in this extract from Dr. David Fuller’s autobiography