What is AROPS

AROPS is open to representatives of all school alumni societies and provides a forum for the exchange of views and the sharing of experiences in running alumni organisations.

Members represent a wide range from small prep schools to the top UK public schools.


Become a Member

Don’t miss out! New members are always welcome. Click here for membership details


AROPS has been holding an annual conference since 1971, each hosted by a different school.  The aim is to give members an opportunity to visit a variety of schools around the country: primary and secondary, day and boarding, single-sex and co-ed, small independent and high profile public.

Two main sessions in the morning are followed by a choice of afternoon plenary sessions.

Below is a list of the recent locations. Click on the school name to see or download a pdf of the relevant report.


2015 – The Leys School, Cambridge

(topics: creating a harmonious relationship between the Head, school and alumni society, working with development offices, digitising archives, involving young people in alumni societies, planning successful events and setting up special interest group, and the use of modern communications in 'friend-raising'.)


2014 – Bristol Grammar School

(topics: Adapt or Perish; Social Media; new-look AROPS; Alumni software packages; Sports, musical and cultural events; Archiving; Subscriptions)


2013 – Portsmouth Grammar School

(topics: Using social networking; Breathing life back into the organisation; Schools, societies and development offices; Funding of societies; Enticing members to society events; Challenges facing smaller schools)


2012 – Rugby School

(topics: Friendship and fundraising; Data protection; Constitutions and committees; Business and professional networking; Subscriptions; Relations with development offices; Social networking workshop)


2011 – Kingston Grammar School

(topics: School archiving; Engaging younger members; Development offices; Business and professional networking; Communications; Subscriptions)


2010 – Dean Close School, Cheltenham

(topics: School governance; Successful friendraising; Communications; Overseas alumni; Engaging younger members; Subscriptions; Parents, Friends & OP Societies; Facebook)


2009 – Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield

(topics: Conservative Party policy on education; Measuring schools; Facebook; Societies and development offices; Parents and Friends; Smaller schools and societies)


2008 – Kimbolton School, Huntingdon

(topics: Forming a bond between school and former pupil; Survey of societies and affiliated organisations; Facebook)


2007 – Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire

(topics: Development directors’ work; Survey of merged societies; Life subscriptions; Magazines and newsletters; Software; Ethical dilemmas)


Locations of Conferences before 2007 are listed in the Handbook.

Forthcoming Events

26 April 2017

Midlands Networking: Rugby School, Rugby

13 May 2017

AROPS Conference: Prior Park College, Bath

14 June 2017

London Area Networking: Eton College

22 June 2017

East Midlands Networking: Trent College, Nottingham

12 October 2017

AROPS AGM, Queen's Gate School, South Kensington, London


Regional meetings are also open to non-members