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Old Warwickians

Towards the Millennium

Political events over which he had no control forced mathematician and Olympic hockey player J. A. Strover (headmaster 1977-88) to consider a number of radical changes:

  • the Assisted Places Scheme replaced the Local Education Authority's arrangement of paying for free places
  • 1986, The first Computer Roomcorporal punishment was totally abolished in the school, as was Saturday morning school
  • marketing was developed as a concept and Open Days were introduced
  • the number of school reports increased and staff started to be appraised
  • O-levels were replaced by GCSEs in 1988, and an A-level pass rate of 90% was achieved
  • Craft, Design and Technology became an academic subject
  • the school's first dedicated computer room opened in 1981 with half a dozen Commodore PETs, soon to be replaced in 1986 by a full-size room with 17 BBC micros. Computing became an academic subject.
  • instead of being shut down, the boarding house was refurbished. The number of boarding pupils from Hong Kong started to grow.

Physicist Dr P. J. Cheshire (headmaster 1988-2002) improved the facilities of almost every department in the school:1996, The new Drama Studio

  • a drama studio was built at the back of the Guy Nelson Hall
  • the 1949 Orlits building was replaced by a purpose-built geography and history block
  • the Music Department moved into Keeling's gutted 1905 science laboratories
  • the 1911 outdoor swimming pool was filled in and replaced by a new Sports Hall
  • the Assisted Places Scheme ended
  • the 1890 gymnasium was converted into a Sixth Form Centre
  • the library and IT Department moved to a new building named after OW John Masefield
  • the old library became an extension dining room and functions area (the Pyne Room)
  • a brand new theatre was built on the site of, and named after, Bridge House
  • all staff were issued with lap-top computers
  • the entire Junior School was refurbished and extended into a quadrangle
  • the school’s first Archivist, Gervald Frykman, was appointed.