TOGS History

TOGS History

The first Old Boys’ Association was formed in November 1919, its inauguration having been delayed due to World War I.  It ceased to function during World War 2 but revived after the War in 1946 when it was renamed Torquay Old Grammarians Association.

It lapsed again in the 1960s, but was revived in July 1985 after the School moved to the Shiphay site.  A TOGS Register was published listing as many former pupils with whom contact had been made.

The first Annual Reunion was held at the School in July 1996.  Between 1995 & 2003, a total of 607 old boys joined and the membership now stands at around 360, with email contact having been made with a further  90 former students of the School.

The TOGS is now on Facebook, in order to make contact with a wider range of more recent leavers.

The Annual Reunion is normally held on the evening of the first Friday in July.  In 2004 to coincide with the School’s Centenary the Reunion was held at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay when over 330 Old Boys attended.

TOGS produces biannual Newsletters, which give news of former students, news of the school and, sadly, obituaries.

The AGM is held at the School in November, when the President is elected, normally for a two year period.  The Society’s Patron is elected sine die.  Its first Patron in recent years was former Headmaster, John Harmer who served from 1985 until his death in 1995.  He was succeeded by Wilfred Hore.  The current Patron from 2008 is Denis Reid.


1985-1995: John W Harmer

1995-2008: Wilfred H Hore


1985-1986: A W Allwood (Decd)

1986-1987: John R Pike (Decd)

1987-1988: Arthur F Pethick (Decd)

1988-1990: Chris W Thorpe (Decd)

1990-1992: Denis J Reid

1992-1993: Donald J Roberts

1993-1994: Denzil L Cavaliere

1994-1995: Wilfred H Hore (Decd)

1995-1996: William J Elliott (Decd)

1996-1998: Graham K Bradshaw

1998-2000: Denys Brunsden

2000-2002: Christopher Madge

2002-2004: Colin W Turner

2004-2006: Barry K Hobbs

2006-2008: David J Simmons

2008-2010: Michael Angelos

2010-2012: Barry Holmes

2012-2014: Clive Morgan OBE

Vice Presidents

Roy E Pike (former Headmaster)

Denis J Reid

Donald J Roberts

Simon Whittaker

Denis Brunsden

Graham K Bradshaw

Committee 2013 – 2014

President: Clive Morgan OBE

Hon Sec: John V. Pearce

Treasurer: Peter Whatton

Registrar: David Simmons

M AngelosD Cavaliere, M Downing, K Griffin, B Holmes, C Madge, C Turner, J Alford

Vice-Presidents: (who also serve as Committee members) R E Pike (former Headmaster), D. Reid (Patron), Don. Roberts, D. Brunsden, Simon Whittaker, Graham Bradshaw

Honorary Members.

Current Staff: P Lawrence (Headmaster)

Former Staff: Barry K Hobbs (Headmaster 1982- ’86), Peter J Hewitt (former Deputy Headmaster), David Berry (former Deputy Headmaster), Gilbert Head-Rapson, David Johnson, Don J Roberts, David Golder, David Kerswell, A.K.Hele, Roy E Pike (Headmaster 1987-2013), Chris. D Penford

Governors: Chairman Brian Wills-Pope