• OKC Annual Dinner 2016
    A club owned by and run for the benefit of its members.
  • "To further any scheme for advancing the honour or well-being of the School and its past and present members."
  • OKC Drinks Christies Mayfair
    Old King's Club Drinks at Christies Mayfair
  • The Club offers a range of sporting and social activities for its members.
  • Rugby has long been a cornerstone of the Old King's Club
  • The Club offers a wide range of social events through the year.
  • The Club offers a range of sporting and social activities for its members.
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    Football has been a recent successful addition to the Old King's Club's activities
  • The principal way for alumni of King's College School to keep in touch with each other and with the School.

About the Club

For 130 years, the Old King’s Club has been the principal way for alumni of King's College School to keep in touch with each other and with their old teachers. The Club is run for and by its members to promote the “honour and well-being” of the whole King’s community. Social activities include dinners and get-togethers at the School, in London and further afield. The Club runs successful rugby, football, golf, tennis, shooting and other sporting sections. The annual OKC Careers Evening gives members the chance to offer advice to current pupils and to meet old friends.

The Club is owned by its members and is independent of the School, but works closely with the King's Association (Development Office), the Friends of KCS and Arthur Wellesley Society.

Membership of the Club is open, free of charge, to all former King’s pupils.

Upcoming OKC Events

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John Chick (OK 1954) memorial service
Friday September 22nd

Members of the Old King’s Club are invited to celebrate the life of John Chick (OK 1954) at a memorial service to be held at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire.

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Annual Dinner 2017
Friday November 17th

The Annual Dinner will be hosted by Lord McColl in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords. Details to follow.

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Cross Country – Kevin Hawney Cup
Saturday December 9th

The annual Old King’s Club v. School v. Staff cross country race will take place on the second Saturday of December. All welcome! info@oldkingsclub.org.uk

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Christmas Drinks
Tuesday December 12th

OKs are invited Christmas Drinks will be served in the New Hall at King’s College School

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2018 Annual General Meeting
Saturday January 27th

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Old King’s Club will be held immediately after the King’s College School Corporation meeting. Wine will be served after the meeting.

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Duel Day Dinner 2018
Thursday March 22nd

Members of the Old King’s Club are again invited to join the event which commemorates the anniversary of the duel fought in March 1829 between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea.  (See 2016 on Facebook) Black tie, 3 course meal. Location TBC

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Careers Evening
Tuesday June 19th

Members and friends of the OKC are invited to give seminars to small groups of pupils from the Lower 6th Form about their chosen career. The evening starts with drinks and dinner in the Dining Hall before the main event. Please contact the Club if you would like to volunteer.

Latest News

July 26, 2017

Golf: OKC defeat Old Cranleighans

A close fought match, with all of the matches going to the 18th hole, between KCS Old Boys and Old Cranleighan golfers resulted in a win for KCS Old Boys by 2 and half matches to one and half. The match
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A close fought match, with all of the matches going to the 18th hole, between KCS Old Boys and Old Cranleighan golfers resulted in a win for KCS Old Boys by 2 and half matches to one and half. The match was four ball better ball format, the OKC winning pairs were Giles Fallowfield and David Cross, Scott Lloyd and Jonathan Poole. This annual match was played on Wednesday 26th August at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club with excellent sandwiches to follow. The next match is on Thursday 24th August against Old Tiffinians. Chris Diacon chris@diacon.co.uk would be pleased to hear from former pupils who would like to play in future matches.


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June 30, 2017

2017 Surrey Schools Golf Societies Festival

This year’s competition was played at Bramley Golf Club and for the first time it had a Shot-gun start, which worked very well indeed


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This year’s competition was played at Bramley Golf Club and for the first time it had a Shot-gun start, which worked very well indeed. There were 60 players playing in 20 three balls so there were two groups at each of the two par five holes. One group started five minutes before the Klaxon (Shot Gun) so that they had played their second shots as the Klaxon sounded and the other group could drive off without delay. At no time during the round did we have to wait for the group in front of us nor did the group behind us have to wait for us.

For several of our team, this was the first time that we had played at this course, which was our excuse for not scoring terribly well. We could not actually blame the course because it was in fine condition with excellent greens, good lies on the fairways but quite a lot of bunkers, which was, in part, my personal downfall.

At the end of the round there were naturally a lot of golfers heading for the clubhouse and changing rooms. As luck would have it we were fairly close by and quickly dived into the showers then got out of the way for the others. On arrival in the bar we were greeted with the news that the first drink was already paid for by one of the organising team, who is a member at the club, and there was wine already on each table. Thank you very much indeed.

The winning team were the Old Reedonians, who were making their first appearance at the competition, and scored 165 points from their best five players. This is of course equivalent to 33 points from each, which is a very good and consistent score. The runners up were the Old Hinchleyans just one point behind on 164. Our best score was David Cross with 32points, Philip Gregory got 31 points and Micky King came in with 29. The rest of us, Jonathan Howitt, Richard Burgess and myself, all managed a disappointing 26 points and Neil Lovett had a game to forget.

Graham Cox


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June 19, 2017

Universities’ Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

Students from Oxford, Cambridge and from 5 other universities attended the bi-annual Universities’ Dinner which was held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall


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Students from Oxford, Cambridge and from 5 other universities attended the bi-annual Universities’ Dinner which was held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, Pall Mall. Pre-dinner drinks, a three course dinner followed by coffee and port were enjoyed in the Edward VII Room. Lively and learned discussion was enjoyed throughout the evening.


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OKC Drinks

Members joined together for a chance to catch up and socialise over a glass of wine at the Old King’s Club drinks reception at the Oxford & Cambridge Club


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Members joined together for a chance to catch up and socialise over a glass of wine at the Old King’s Club drinks reception at the Oxford & Cambridge Club.


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June 13, 2017

Golf: OKC v Old Paulines

The annual Old King’s Club Golf Society meeting with Old Paulines took place on Tuesday 13th June at Kingswood Golf and Country Club in glorious weather, with the course in great condition


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The annual Old King’s Club Golf Society meeting with Old Paulines took place on Tuesday 13th June at Kingswood Golf and Country Club in glorious weather, with the course in great condition.

Unfortunately, the OKC could not match the conditions with a win, losing eventually by 1.5 to 3.5.

Individual results were as follows:

Paul Druckman and John Tiller – Lost 4 and 2
Jonathon Howitt and John Oliver – Lost 5 and 4
Philip Gregory and Micky King – Lost 3 and 2
Giles Fallowfield and Richard Burgess – Halved
Peter Taylor and Fred Grover – Won 5 and 3

Despite the loss the match was played in excellent spirit, and a very sociable hour spent in the clubhouse with post match refreshments.  As an aside, Giles Fallowfield had  attended a Champagne tasting event prior to his arrival on the first tee.   However, despite having taken several sips and then admitting to swallowing the sips, he and Richard  nevertheless managed a creditable half.

It was most welcoming to see John Tiller, Jonathan Howitt, John Oliver and Philip Gregory playing in a friendly match for the first time, and we look forward to many more appearances from them.

Appropriate post match speeches were made by both captains, and an invitation extended to Old Paulines for the next match at Royal Wimbledon GC in June 2018.  The opposing captain, Robert Silverstone, was thanked for his organisation on the day, as the host member at Kingswood, and the subject of a suitable trophy for the annual event was agreed on.  Robert kindly agreed to do the research.

We now look forward to the next friendly match against Old Whitgiftians at Royal Wimbledon Golf Club on Monday 3rd July.

The search for a new source of playing shirts continues.

Peter Taylor


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April 12, 2017

Eric Springthorpe 1930-2017

Eric Springthorpe’s (OK 1949 & ex-staff) association with King’s was almost lifelong


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Eric Springthorpe’s (OK 1949 & ex-staff) association with King’s was almost lifelong. He entered the school on a Surrey Scholarship at 11+ and represented the school on the cricket field in the 1st XI and left with a place at Oxford to read Botany. Sadly, family finances were such that he had to turn this down in favour of a place at King’s College London, where he gained a 1st in 1952. This was followed by National Service where he served as an officer in the Royal Artillery and was posted to Germany, where he often managed to find time to visit the opera in Hamburg. He brought his academic and intellectual prowess to bear on the problems of accurate range finding and devised new procedures that were subsequently adopted by the army.

Released from National Service, his first teaching post was at Emanuel College in Wandsworth, moving after three years to KCS as a junior member of the biology department under, then Head of Biology, William Barker, remaining at the school for the rest of his career. Barker and Springthorpe collaborated on a new textbook to support their teaching called A Concise Biology (1963). Having succeeded Barker as Head of Department, Eric authored two further books to support the changing style of teaching and curriculum in the late 1960s-70s, including: A First Biology (1967) and Introduction to Functional Systems in Animals (1973). Eric was respected by boys and colleagues alike; fair and firm, his teaching was epitomized by his quiet authority. He was a thoroughly professional teacher who took great pains in his lesson preparation and marking. He was also renowned for the clarity and beauty of his diagrams and for explaining difficult concepts and bringing them to life. The strong foundations he laid enabled a constant stream of boys to go on to read science and medicine at leading universities. Out of the classroom, Eric was a popular 6th form tutor and also took part in the training teams in rugby and cricket, but his passion was tennis, which both his sons picked up. He found himself drawn into the organisation of the Independent Schools LTA with which he was associated for many years into his retirement. His legacy is the Springthorpe Cup for which all the ISLTA 1st round losers compete.

Following retirement, he and Katie moved into a wonderful converted eighteenth-century barn in Norfolk, where they created a garden and immersed themselves in village life and followed their passion for travel, with trips to Europe, Egypt, Turkey and the USA. Eric became both reader and treasurer at St Mary’s, Starston, and a compiler of crosswords puzzles for the parish magazine; he joined the local choral society and Probus; and both he and Katie volunteered to mentor local sixth formers to help them apply for university and work. Sadly, following the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, Eric’s health deteriorated very quickly, and he spent three years in a hospital/care home before succumbing to pneumonia, pre-deceased two and a half years by Katie. A quite family cremation took place on 12 April 2017.


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