What is the Charter Day Service all about?
The service provides a formal occasion for the college community to meet to remember those who provided land, money and personal support for the King Edward VI Grammar School from 1552 to 1976 and for the present college from 1976 onward.
St Mary's Church, Oldswinford
It also gives us chance to reflect on the great educational history, present and future of the college.
The royal charter referred to was given by King Edward VI in 1552, although the school had previously existed on the present site since 1430 as a chantry school.
In this day and age it might seem odd to hold a church service for this celebration but, we believe that, with the history behind the college, some traditions are worth keeping.
In times past, the boys of the school used to process through the town up to the church on a Saturday morning for the service...but not all traditions are worth keeping!
This year's service will at St Mary's Church, Oldswinford on Thursday 4th May at 5pm.
At the church
Students have frequently remarked in retrospect on enjoying the sense of occasion and having a chance to "dress up" for the evening. The weather is usually sunny and meeting friends under the copper beech tree before the service is all part of the event.
The service is open to all staff and students of the college (both present and past), governors, trustees, parents and anyone with connections to the college.
Welcome to College Days (Year 12 lessons as normal) 8:45am on 4th/5th/6th July 2017