Anthony Horsfall (1955-1963)
After A Levels I took a PE course at St. Paul’s, Cheltenham 1963-1966. Teaching in Hertfordshire 1966-1992 at various schools
1992-present in Buckinghamshire, variety of posts, retiring last year from
Assistant Head Teacher role and Head of Sixth Form. Married to Linda for 38
years, 3 children, Stephen, Amy and Lucy. Both girls have got married this
year. In football, played, coached and managed at semi-professional level in
S.E. of England until knees gave out. Have a season ticket at Aston Villa.
Edward Royle (1955-1962)
Student at University of Cambridge 1962-1968. Taught History at University of
Cambridge 1968-1972. Taught History at University of York 1972-2004. Retired,
now Professor of History, University of York.
Denis Taylor (1956-1959)
I left school in 1959 following my family’s move to Halifax. I completed my education at the Crosfley & Porter Boy’s Grammar School. Since then I have roamed around a good bit, including some
years in the North of Scotland working in North Sea Oil. I returned to Halifax
in 1980 and since then I have worked as a bus driver. I am now approaching
retirement and have a host of memories to
‘keep me warm’. I do not think that my three years at King James’s Grammar School conferred any benefit on the school, although I remember the
teachers and many school mates quite clearly. I don
’t suppose that anyone who remembers me will do so with much pleasure, none the
less I regard my short time at the school as a privilege.
Peter Tracey (1956-1963)
After 30 years teaching in the North East of England, I then moved to the Czech
Republic to teach there for four years. Now back in Whitley Bay, spending
retirement organising Northumberland Schools Football, helping a furniture
charity, running several Rotary Club campaigns and playing golf.
Kenneth Massey (1957-1964)
Having attempted, non too successfully, to burn down Jack Taylor’s new Biology laboratory, a career in the petroleum industry seemed appropriate.
I spent 35 years with BP, primarily working for various downstream
international marketing businesses. This took me all over the world including
postings to Hong Kong, New York, Hamburg, Singapore and Houston. My long
suffering wife, Elaine (of Greenhead) accompanied me and managed to bring up
our two boys during this time. They are now 28 and 26, both gainfully employed.
I retired 6 years ago and enjoy gardening and golf.
John Anthony (Tony) Hirst (1957-1964)
Went into Management Services and computing (early 70’s) after degree. Worked for Famous Systime in Leeds though didn’t have a company Ferrari. Went on trade mission to China before it was ‘opened up’. They had never seen Westeners before. Fell ill eating real Chinese food on a
freighter in the South China Sea and was cured with mysterious Chinese
medicines. Then went into consultancy, including artificial intelligence work.
Ended up as special advisor to central government. Now retired except for been
a warden for National Trust.
John Victor Collier (1957-1963)
On leaving school in July 1963 I immediately went to work for a firm of
chartered accountants in Huddersfield. In the September I went to Huddersfield
Tech to enrol for
‘A’ level English and found the tutor to be none other that the renowned Jock
Anderson. In 1967 I joined the civil service. My
‘postings’ included a spell at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where I came into contact with David Morphet, who had been
head boy at KJGS during my first year. Apart from a 7 year spell of self
employment I have been in the civil service ever since and now work for HM
& Customs. I continue to support, remotely but passionately, Huddersfield Town. I
enjoy most kinds of music, play the piano and am currently Chair of Charlton
Male Voice Choir in Nottingham. I have three married daughters, three
grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. I am married for the second time
and my wife has a son and a daughter.
Rod George Hinchliffe (1957-1962)
Son of George Hinchliffe (Chairman of OAS 1966). I am currently a retired
accountant living with wife of 38 years Elaine, in Robin Hoods Bay. 1 son of 26
years, a graduate working in brand management. Previously worked in finance
related positions within the profession, industry and Local Authority in the
UK, Africa and Caribbean.
I enjoy keeping fit, jogging and walking the North York Moors, travelling and
reading. An invitation to any Old Almondburian, particularly 1957-1962, to
fresh coffe etc whenever in Robin Hoods Bay area.
John Richard Hardcastle (1959-1962)
I left KJGS on my 16th birthday in October 1962 to go into banking with the
National Provincial Bank. Subsequently left banking to join the Post Office,
retired early from the Post Office in 2002. Spent about 3 years land surveying
until I finally put out to grass a couple of years ago. I was not really
academic at school and led as insignificant time there. I doubt many will
remember me, however I enjoyed every minute of my time at KJGS, having never
been to Almondbury prior to my first day at the school, I was immediately
impresses by the scenic setting and this stayed with me to this day. I
occasionally represented the school at football but regularly turned out for
‘Sid’ Chapman’s cross-country teams and kept in touch occasionally with Sid for a few years.
Through Sid Chapman
’s encouragement I continued running and followed Pete Livesey down to Longwood
Harriers. King James
’s was a source of Athletics for the Harriers. Derek Ibbotson and Granville
Beckett being two of the many who proceeded me. In the last 25 years I have
trained many athletes from KJGS and as president of Longwood Harriers I would
hope this source would continue. Although I only attended for 3 years and
enjoyed life at the expense of study, those three years were in the most part
Alan Hinchliffe (1960-1964)
I left the school in November 1964 for Australia with just a Maths 'O' level to
my name. Arriving
‘Down Under’ I worked in Sydney and Adelaide before signing as a regular soldier on my 17th
birthday. My five years in the army included a tour of duty in South Vietnam
with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mehanical Engineers 102 Field
Workshop. I was back in Yorkshire by 1972 to kickstart my education and
eventually gained my Certificate in Education at James Graham Teacher Training
College in Leeds, where I met my wife Pauline Mullaney. Our three children
Alexander, Thomasin and Eloise gained degrees in Microbiological Science, Law
and Criminology respectively. Nowadays I live in a designated Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty and continue my 30 plus year career in local
government in Denbighshire, North Wales.
David Stead (1960-1968)
I have just moved from my post at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to become
Medicines Procurement Specialist Pharmacist for the South West Strategic Health
Authority. In these days of increasing NHS bureaucracy, I have discovered the
pleasures of working in a team of 1 and working from home!! My son James is a
professional musician, currently touring with the UK production of Godspell as
well as running a 20 piece swing band and my daughter Caroline is at theatre
school in Essex. My peers at KJGS will appreciate that they don
’t get their genes from me! My brother Richard (1972-1977) is now a Commander in
the Royal Navy and is currently stationed at NATO somewhere in darkest
Chris West (1960-1966)
I spent 2 years working in an architects office in Huddersfield, whilst doing A
‘Tech’. 1968-1973 Leicester School of Art & Architecture. 1974 Registered Architect. Married Sandra July 1971 who taught
languages at KGS late 70
’s early 80’s. We have two sons, Jonathan and Gregory. Worked in Leeds since 1978, now
director, looking after the Leeds office of a national architectural practice,
JM Architects. Lived in Slaithwaite for the last 30 years.
Gary Douglas Boothroyd (1961-1968)
Since leaving KJS I trained to become a P.E. teacher at St. Paul’s College, Cheltenham, gaining Honours degree at Bristol University. Taught for
28 years in Birmingham, becoming Head of P.E. faculty at Holle School in Aston.
Returned to North Yorkshire in 2000. Took up a writing career and published
‘Are You a Proper Teacher, Sir?’ – memoirs of a P.E. teacher in the inner city. I am working on a novel and a
third book, hoping for publication in 2008. Huddersfield Town season ticket
holder and member of Bedale Golf Club.
Michael Boryslawskyj (1963-1969)
Left school in 1969 and went to work at the then College of Technology on
Queensgate (subsequently the University of Huddersfield). Employed as a
technician in the Dept. of Chemistry. Studied for a degree in Biochemistry with
Clinical Chemistry. Promoted through Senior Technician, Chief Technician
through to Superintendent of Labratories. Studied for a PhD in Biochemistry,
which I obtained in 1991. I then studied for the Diploma in Occupational Health
& Safety and was appointed as the University Health & Safety Advisor. In 1996 I was appointed as the head of the office of Health & Safety and Occupational Health and a member of the senior staff of the
University. I took early retirement for the University in 2005 at the age of
52. Now an independent consultant, married to Bernadette for 32 years with two
’s in their 20’s. Hobbies include motorhomes and photography. Currently chairman of the local
camping and caravanning club.
Peter Carter (1963-1970)
Graduated university College London, 1973-LLB, called to Ban 1974, Queen’s Counsel 1995. Practice from 18 Red Lion Court, London. Chairman of Ban Human
Rights committee 2003-2005.
Martin Priestley (1963-1971)
Slipping rather gracelessly into later middle age, even though still married to
Jane. Still also making music, especially with violinist daughter number two.
Elder daughter reading Biology at university.
In 33rd year of teaching.
Richard Geldard (1964-1972)
After leaving King James’s, I read Mathematics at the Queen’s College, Oxford, graduating in 1975 with a second class honours degree. I
joined Price Waterhouse in Leeds to train as a chartered accountant and
qualified in 1978. Immediately I moved into their tax department and spent the
next five years dealing with corporate tax affairs of several large local
listed groups. In 1983 I joined Ernst
& Whinney (now Ernst & Young) in Leeds as a senior tax manager and have remained there ever since,
continuing to specialize in corporate tax. I qualified as a member of the
Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1998, winning two prizes in the examinations
including obtaining the highest total marks in the country. This success has
led me to have substantial and continuing involvement with both the Institute
and the Association of Taxation Technicians. I was a member of the Leeds branch
committee from 1988 until about 2000 and filled all of the main roles including
being chairman of two separate occasions. I was lead examiner for the
’s business tax paper for four years in the early 1990s. In 2001 I joined the
national council of the Association and became Treasurer in 2002. I became
Deputy President in 2005 and will become President from July 2007. I am also
currently chairman of the Association
’s Technical committee. Outside of professional life my interests mainly revolve
around trekking and music. I have trekked in the Himalayas on many occasions
and the Andes twice. This has given me the opportunity to see some really
spectacular scenery and explore some of the remoter parts of the world.
Although not a technical climber, I have reached the summit of Mera Peak at
– has any Old Almondburian been higher? I am a regular attendant at the classical
music programmes in Leeds and Huddersfield. I also attend Proms concerts at the
Royal Albert Hall and try to find interesting programmes when on holiday. The
most linguistically challenging was listening to Boris Godunov in Prague, sung
in Russian with Czech subtitles!
BOB PARTRIDGE (1964-1967)
I left the school in '67 due to a family move to Gloucestershire and after GCE/A
Levels at Chipping Sodbury Grammar went to the Gloucestershire College of Art
& Design, Cheltenham to study Fine Art. I then followed my idealist inclination
and joined the Art Teachers Diploma at Leicester Polytechnic and onto a career
in Teaching. I have taught in schools in Oxfordshire and Kent (Judd School
Tonbridge) and then to FE College in Sheffield for 10 years before joining
Bishop Grosseteste University College as Head of Art in 1995. This coincided
with my completing an MA Fine Art. I worked with some great colleagues here in
both art and education - and with an excellent Principal! However in 2006 I
moved again this time to Huddersfield - the University - where I teach on the
Contemporary Arts degree - oh yes and have started a Phd at Sheffield Hallam.
My daughter Rachel is Head of Dance at a school in Leeds having studied at
Bretton Hall, my son Jamie is at the Royal College of Art studying Fine Art,
and my son Henry is at New College Worcester and in Year 10 - he has always
wanted to be a paleontologist but has decided now it's zoology... I have now
been teaching for 36 years and enjoy both teaching and studying and although at
King James for a short time I have found that its resonances are inspirational!
William John Best (1965-1971)
After leaving school, I went to Sheffield Polytechnic and gained a BA in Public
Administration. This led to a career in Housing Management in Sunderland and
then NE Derbyshire District Council, where I was head of housing for 20 years.
In 1999 I left to join the private sector and am now a Housing and Regeneration
Consultant. I left Derbyshire after 28 years to move to Formby on Merseyside
before Christmas with my wife Susan. We have two grown up children, Jennifer
who has emigrated to New Zealand and Andrew who lives in Manchester. My brother
Andrew, four years younger, who also went to KJGS is also married with two
grown up children, lives in Bradford and is an Inspector in the West Yorkshire
Police. I still keep in touch with Bernie Hoyle, Pete Vickerman and Stu Sykes
Ian Richard Hales (1966-1973)
Currently employed as a Personal Tax Manager by Auber Rhodes Ltd in Bradford.
Still coaching cricket. Chairman of YCB Coaching sub-committee. Married to
Helen, with two children born 1990 and 1991.
Graham Stuart Sellens (1966-1973)
After leaving KJGS went to Cambridge to study natural sciences, captained cross
‘Blue’ in cross country and athletics. Married Shirley, who I met in 1971 on a school
holiday to France organised by Pete
& Liz Heywood, joint trip including KJGS and Holme Valley G.S. After moving to
Doncaster to work for Yorkshire Water, took up orienteering and mountain
marathons. Then an unsuccessful move to East Anglia and a life-changing
decision to study medicine at Sheffield. Was captain of orienteering club and
started skiing. Now a general practitioner in Haslingden, Lancashire. After
several successful mountain marathons, partnered by brother Martin, had to give
up running due to knee problems (does Jack Taylor remember having to carry me
off the football pitch in 1973 with a locked knee??) Not wanting to concede to
age and infirm, I still mountain bike, ski with a brace and am secretary of our
local sub-aqua club. My two sons are 21 and 19, both play rugby union (backs)
and Paul the eldest is a 3rd year medical student at Sheffield. Thanks to Ken
Ireland, Dave Bush, Jack Taylor and
‘Bill’ Chapman for getting me into sport and Pete Heywood – I’m still happily married to Shirley.
Robin Lindsey Beaumont (1968-1976)
With the big five – oh only 4 months away, life is taking on major shifts for me. After almost 15
years with Kodak, I was recently sold off with the rest of the health group to
become Carestream Health in Hemel Hemstead, where I have strategic purchasing
responsibility for warehousing and transport across Europe, Africa and Middle
East. (That stalwart of the Photographic Society, NK Parsons is still at Kodak)
After 10 years with our local youth football club, I have no team to coach next
season, but it took only 2 weeks of looking forward to being
‘just a Dad’ to get myself roped into senior club Buntingford Town as vice chairman, where
the assistant manager is a former 1st X1 opponent from St. Gregorys, one Tony
Galvin, who was also a contemporary of mine at Hull University before his glory
with Spurs and Ireland. One constant is home with Hilary, long suffering wife
of 26 years and sons, Liam (17) and Jordan (13) in rural mid-Bedfordshire. We
have just reached 19 years residence in Clifton (which is not as long as near
neighbour, Barry Livesey, who was at KJGS some years before me). The school
’s 400th anniversary coincides with the 40th year since my year group took its
first nervous strides down St. Helen
’s Gate. Anyone fancy organizing a reunion? It’s not my turn: D.G.C and I did it 20 years ago!
Kim Christopher Dyson (1968 - 1975)
After early years commuting from Berkhamstead, Herts, to agency jobs around
London, broken by a four year spell in Kingsberg, Norway, I moved to the United
States in 1994. Now a permanent US resident, living in suburban Houston and
working as a Structural and Marine specialist engineer on deep water oil and
gas developments, primarily subsea structures. Will be celebrating silver
wedding to Susan in July 2007. Daughter Emma, 21, is studying sonography and
son Benjamin, 19, is studying pharmacy. I enjoy sailing in Galvestan Bay most
weekends and am trying to explore further down the Gulf Coast when time and
hurricane seasons allow.
David Gary Croft (1968-1975)
Past Chairman of OAS on two separate occasions.
Head of survey department and director of Boultons Estate Agents.
Director and joint owner of Thorpe House Nursing Home, Almondbury.
Trustee of KJS Foundation (only recently!)
One daughter currently at the school (Year 7)
Two daughters are past pupils, Bethany is now doing a BSC in Psychiatric Nursing
at Manchester University and Lucinda is reading Maths at York University.