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AROPS was founded in 1971 by Mike Comer of the Old Johnians (St John’s School, Leatherhead) to give the representatives of school alumni societies an opportunity to get together with other societies to learn from other people’s experiences and to be inspired by shared ideas. It is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation with membership drawn chiefly from independent and maintained schools providing primary or secondary education. It is run by a committee of volunteers from the membership. Anyone attending an AROPS event for the first time is struck by the friendly, non-competitive atmosphere where members genuinely want to help each other.

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What we do


The two morning sessions are presentations on a particular topic of current interest to members, followed by a lunch and then a choice of four or five plenary sessions in the afternoon, often including a practical session such as learning to use the latest social media to communicate better with society members.


The 2019 AGM will be held at Queen’s Gate School in South Kensington on Thursday 14 November in the early evening. Click here for more details.

The formal part of the AGM is essential but brief, allowing time for talks and a Q&A session, and general discussion between representatives, followed by a buffet supper.

Regional Meetings

This is a new and very successful initiative allowing representatives to meet fellow members in their region in a less formal environment. Meeting dates for the coming year are shown on the right here, with details on the relevant page – just click on the date to go straight to the page.

Staying in Touch

Regular newsletters are sent out by email, while the AROPS Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts allow members to network electronically. The Conference and AGM reports are sent by post to every representative.



Peter Jakobek  
(Old Bristolians)

Bill Gillen
(Old Arnoldian and Old Instonian Associations)

Keith Balkham
(KGS Friends)

Andrew Day
(Old Kingstonian Association)

Vijay Khullar
(Old Roffensians)




Tracey Ahmet
(The Rugbeians Society)

George Bunting
(The Wellensian Association)

Tim Cunis
(Old Pauline Club)

Jill Dixon       
(City of London OGA)

David Jenkins
(Socius) Co-opted

Jane Pendry

Anthony Phillips        
(The Lancing Club)

Caroline Scallon        
(Royal School Association)

Quentin Seymour-Smith
(Old Decanian & Old Millfieldian Societies)

Jackie Tarrant-Barton
(Old Etonian Association) Co-opted



Margaret Carter-Pegg  

Vice-President and former President

(Old Crohamians’ Association)

Guy Cliff


(Old Silcoatians’ Association)

Tim Neale


(Radleian Society)

John Kidd

Vice President

Trish Woodhouse



(As adopted at the Annual General Meeting held on 11th October 2012)

1. The name of the Association is The Association of Representatives of Old Pupils’ Societies.

2. The object of the Association is to provide a forum for the exchange of views and experiences between the Representatives of Old Pupils’ Societies.

3. Membership shall be open to the Old Pupils’ Society of any establishment providing primary or secondary education. A Society may at its discretion nominate up to three persons as its Representatives; of these up to two may be either officers or members of that Society, and one an employee of the School concerned. Membership shall cease upon resignation or failure to pay the full annual subscription after due notice has been given of arrears.

4. The Association shall hold an Annual General Meeting on a date to be determined by the Committee of which not less than twenty-one days’ notice shall be given. The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to approve the audited accounts for the preceding year, to elect Officers and Auditors (and to determine the remuneration (if any) of such Auditors) and members of the Committee and to discuss any other relevant business.

5. The elected Officers of the Association shall be a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Registrar.

6. The affairs of the Association shall be conducted by a Committee consisting of the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Registrar and a maximum of ten other elected members. The Committee shall have power to co-opt additional members between Annual General Meetings and to fill any casual vacancy of the membership of the Committee. The Chairman or his delegate shall chair the meetings of the Committee and in the case of any equality of vote shall have a second or casting vote. The Committee shall have power to deal with any matter for which provision has not been made in these rules and the members of the Committee shall be entitled to be indemnified from the assets of the Association in respect of any liability incurred by them acting bona fide and properly on behalf of the Association in the normal course of their duties.

7. The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall have power to elect a President who shall be entitled to be a member of the Committee ex-officio, and Vice-Presidents. Any President or Vice-President shall hold office once elected until resignation. The President or his delegate shall chair the General Meetings of the Association and in the case of any equality of vote shall have a second or casting vote.

8. Each Society shall pay such fees and annual subscription as shall be determined from time to time by the Annual General Meeting. Each such Society shall be entitled to send one or more Representatives to any General Meeting, but shall be limited to one vote.

9. Any alteration to these Rules may only be made by a simple majority of those present at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting of the Association, due notice having been given.

10. In the event of a dissolution of the Association, or a discontinuance of its activities, any surplus funds after meeting the liabilities of the Association shall be paid to the Independent Schools Council or to such other organisation which the Committee shall consider has similar objects to those of the Association.

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