Alumni News Change your details Put us in touch with another old boy Visit Alumni website
Issue 11 | Autumn 2014
Welcome to Alumni News
An e-newsletter produced by Queen Elizabeth's School
for all our old boys. We trust you will enjoy reading
it and will also take the opportunity to visit the alumni
section of our website.
Arial image of Queen Elizabeth's School

Headmaster's update

The School started this Autumn Term buoyed by another excellent set of results in the summer's public examinations.

In the face of warnings from Ofqual, the examinations regulator, that this year's results nationally would be 'particularly volatile', boys at QE once again performed very strongly, with 96% of A-levels taken being awarded A*-B grades. At GCSE, the picture was similarly impressive: 90% of GCSEs sat here gained either an A* or A grade. More recently, the Sunday Times placed QE in first place in its Parent Power league table of state schools for the second consecutive year.

Find out more
Image of new Queen's Library

Old Elizabethans help fill shelves of new Queen's Library

Old Elizabethans are engaging enthusiastically in a special initiative to build the book collections for the School's new Queen's Library.

In the opening three weeks of the scheme, 82 books together worth more than £1,000 have been donated by old boys through online Amazon wish lists.

The Headmaster said: "We are extremely grateful to those alumni who have already donated, thereby making a tangible contribution for the benefit of the current generation of Elizabethans. This is an ongoing appeal, so it is of course not too late for OEs to give books through the wish lists."

Find out more
Image of Richard Burr

Star baker continues
to shine

Success in the BBC's Great British Bake Off has brought fame to former QE pupil Richard Burr.

Richard (OE 1987-1994), was named 'star baker' an unprecedented five times in the primetime television series, which will now also be shown in the US from 28th December. He had been the front-runner for much of the series and only narrowly missed out on the title, finishing as runner-up.

Speaking after the result was announced, Richard said: "I think the greatest lesson I have taken out is [that] if you want to do something, just crack on and do it: if you don't just open the door, you will never find out."

Find out more

Image of Lord Bell

"Fun and camaraderie":
Tim Bell on QE

Margaret Thatcher's PR advisor, Lord Bell, recalls his School days at QE with fondness in his recently published memoirs, Tim Bell, Right or Wrong.

Baron Bell of Belgravia (OE 1953-1959), who is Chairman of Bell Pottinger public relations, has worked with some of the greatest names of modern politics, business and media.

Find out more
Image of Arjun Paliwal

Update from artist Arjun

Arjun Paliwal (OE 2006-2013) has launched his own website to display his work and talk about his experiences and insights.

Now in his second year studying Fine Art at New College, Oxford, Arjun also told Alumni News more about a special event that he staged at the college during the summer.

Find out more
Image of Daniel Langer

Lawyer & oilman: Ross strikes career successs

In just seven years as a solicitor, Ross Lima has worked on multi-million pound deals and contracts for clients ranging from the BBC and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to Avocet Mining and BP.

Since last year, Ross (OE 1995-2002) has been working for Shell, where he is Lead Legal Counsel for the sale of catalysts across large areas of the globe.

Find out more

Image of Sam Goodman

Bard abroad: Anthony
tours Australia

Poet and performer Anthony Anaxagorou (OE 1994-99) this month completed an Australian tour and has just published a volume of short stories.

His antipodean tour took in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, and featured a number of sell-out workshops. He was also interviewed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Find out more
Image of Franz Stampfl

OEs to the fore at
'cracking' wedding

Old Elizabethans were well represented at Captain Charles Russell's country wedding to Rebecca Johnston.

"It was a cracking day. I was very lucky to have two of my closest friends from Underne and QE days, Devesh Parekh and Andrew Bershadski, to celebrate with us," said Charlie, who, like Devesh and Andrew, attended QE from 1997 to 2004. "Richard Morrison, who often plays the organ at the Founder's Day Service, also played the organ for us," he added.

Find out more

Image of Founder's Day


QE Rugby Sevens
Sunday 8th March 2015

50th OE Annual Dinner Debate
Saturday 21st March 2015

Founder's Day
Saturday 20th June 2015

For more information about alumni events, please contact the Headmaster's Office


The School is always delighted to hear from our former pupils, whether they would like to get involved in QE events, or simply have news to share about themselves or former classmates. To contact our Alumni Office, please email

If this issue of the Alumni News e-newsletter has been forwarded to you, register here to receive future issues automatically. Register

Through this e-newsletter and the alumni section
of The Queen Elizabeth's School website, the School
is aiming to strengthen its links with former pupils.

If you wish to find out more about having an active role

in supporting the school as a past pupil, please contact:

Facebook Share Buttton Twitter Share Buttton
Forward to a friend Give to the school Visit the QE online shop
Queen Elizabeth's School
Queen's Road, Barnet,
Hertfordshire, EN5 4DQ

Tel: 020 8441 4646
Fax: 020 8440 7500

Copyright © December 2014