Patron - Lord Andrew Adonis of Camden
The KHA (formerly the Kingham Hill Old Boys Association, founded by the Founder's brother), is almost as old as the School itself. Historically we have been involved in organising events for ex-pupils and receiving and managing money donated by you, your families and friends of The Hill. Since 1986 donations have been managed by a legal charitable structure known as the Centenary Trust Fund (CTF) with the trustees appointed by the KHA Committee.
Last year the headmaster Nick Seward made the KHA Committee aware of the school's intention to begin managing all alumni communications, events and fundraising. This was described as something which should be within the remit of the school and that a new development officer would be appointed. Generally, this is becoming increasingly common across independent schools and colleges, and it does make sense in as much as more recent leavers have higher expectations of their alumni organisations, and increasingly these expectations are beyond that which can reasonably be met by a handful of volunteers in their spare time.
James Ellis (15 March 1931 – 8 March 2014)
Picking up news from Facebook we hear James Ellis of Z-Cars fame has passed away. James Ellis was father to 2 former pupils of the Hill. Adam, was murdered in London in August 1988 and Hugo who died in January 2011, aged 49.
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