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Issue 6 | Spring 2013
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.
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Headmaster's update

I am pleased to report that the spirit of competition has been to the fore at Queen Elizabeth's School throughout the Spring Term. The celebration of excellence and the virtue of competition are ingrained into QE life from the very beginning of a boy's School career here, as demonstrated recently by our fiercely contested Year 7 Music Scholarships and junior chess tournament. We are keen to foster competition through such regular events in our calendar; our Senior Awards ceremony is another important example.

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Parallel lines: OE architects' shared career path

OEs Andrew Grethe and Devan Mistry, who were both at the School from 2000 to 2007, are both well on the way to qualifying as architects. But the pair have far more than just their School and workplace in common: "Having been in the same form and Leicester House since Year 7, we took Art and Physics at A-level, went on to The University of Nottingham and London Metropolitan University together, and now even work at Farrells side by side in practice," Devan explains.

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Making a mark in journalism

Oliver Todd (OE 2005 – 2010) is already making a name for himself as a journalist: he has been shortlisted personally for two national student journalism awards and is involved in an award-winning student newspaper. Currently a student at York University, he says he owes a debt of thanks to the School for this success.

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Fun and 'luck' in
a glittering career

A spirit of adventure pervades Professor Richard Brealey's life. A distinguished financial economist with an impressive CV that features senior appointments in business, the Bank of England and academia, Prof 'Dick' Brealey (OE 1946 – 1954) has nonetheless eschewed any idea of a career plan.

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Building a career in property

Paul Clark (OE 1990-1997) is looking forward to building on his success in 2013 after being picked out as one of the top names in the UK property industry.

In 2012, he was voted one of the industry's Hot 100 Rising Stars by readers of Property Week magazine – one of the highlights of his career to date. It was the second running of the poll, which is conducted only once every five years.

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Former diplomat says
"QE made me!"

The reference provided by E H Jenkins for the application by Leslie Fielding to the Foreign Office proved prophetic indeed: the QE Headmaster's "really good candidate" went on to pursue a diplomatic career at the very highest level. After studying at Oxford, Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies, Sir Leslie Fielding, KCMG, MA, Hon LLD, FRSA, FRGS (OE 1943-1951) was posted all over the world. Yet today he says he is more grateful to QE than to any other institution.

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Inspiring future generations

Three Old Elizabethans are taking part in an élite, mission-based teacher-training scheme, which aims to place the brightest graduates into some of the toughest and most socially deprived schools in the country. Kwamina Korsah (OE 2000-2007), Joe Sherman (2000-2007) and Kalil Rouse (2002-2009) are all part of the Teach First initiative, which puts graduates through an intensive course of on-the-job training to develop them into inspirational leaders, as well as teachers.

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Dinner debate proves cheats don't prosper (much)

The moral high ground prevailed in the Elizabethan Union's 48th Annual Dinner Debate. OEs Richard Alam (2002-2009), pictured here, and Jamie Sherman (2002-2009) beat current Year 12 boys Kiran Modi and Surya Bowyer by successfully defeating the motion This House believes that cheats prosper.

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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

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Founder's Day: service; OE lunch; Stanley Busby Memorial Cricket Match (School XI vs old boys' team) with OE refreshment tent; FQE Fete
Saturday 15th June 2013

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