Memories and More Memories of Wellingborough Grammar School:

     Mr Wrenn's School    by Graham and David Tall

The Launch of Mr Wrenn's School was on  24th November 2013 at The Wrenn School.  To discover more about the books click on the title below.

4 Memories books

Memories of W.G.S.

Woolley Book

Letter Book

Mr Wrenn's School


Book Cover

Launch Photographs one

Launch Photographs two

Launch Photos three

Launch Transcript

Errors Book Reviews



David Wilson

Pupil 1952–1959, Head Boy 1957–58, Master 1963–75

This book is a treasury. Mr Wrenn’s School is the Grammar School that most of us will remember. It was Mr Wrenn who continued the work of the founding Headmasters and, of course, he was young enough and determined enough to make it his life’s work. His school served the local people very well indeed. Its pupils went on to serve the locality, the county, the nation, the Arts, Sciences, industry, Church and State. Some Old Grammarians achieved international acclaim. All paid tribute to Mr Wrenn’s School.

If you’re an old Grammarian, you will enjoy learning more things about your old school that you did not know or have forgotten. Some of you will nod sagely as you recall memories quoted by your school fellows or revealed by those who knew more than you did. Others will smile as someone else remembers a master or boy from your era and gets the detail slightly wrong ... you will know better or more of that story perhaps and wish you had sub­mitted it to the authors. You will laugh out loud when you read of the things we got up to and of the masters who had to put up with us.

But you will all remember Mr Wrenn. He took on the vision of his predecessors and created the school we know and (most of us) love. The memoir by Ricky of his father is a gem and a most important chapter. I worked under Mr Wrenn, man and boy for nearly 20 years and Ricky’s memoir filled in details I had never known, and which have given me more reasons to admire him. Mr Wrenn’s logic was not always easy to see. When I told him I wanted to read Geography at University he told me that because I was a “religious type” (i.e. I went to church) I should read English. How right he was and how grateful I am for that change of direction! Personally, I could never bring myself to call Mr Wrenn by his first name ... it was always “Sir” for me.

This book and the others in the WGS series are a great credit to the Tall Boys and David’s wife Sue. David and Graham are in more than one sense larger than life. Their personal careers are one success story. Their determination to tell the full story of Wellingborough Grammar School is the fulfilment of a mission (no less!) to record the living history of the school to which they feel they owe their successful careers. They tell that story, warts and all, with a thoroughness and honesty that will be appreciated both now by those of us able to enjoy it and in the years to come by local historians and antiquarians. We now have a complete and authoritative account of one of the great grammar schools of this area and this country, of the men and women who made it, sometimes against considerable odds, and of the boys who succeeded because of it. It is a justification of an educational system that worked. I am personally pleased that the authors have included ALL of Mr Wrenn’s staff – from caretakers to cooks, from Miss Bavin to Ernest Bryan the groundsman who, had he been born into a later generation, would no doubt, have become an academic Natural Scientist.

There are few local schools which have generated such a loyalty in their former pupils. Few have wished to hold so many successful reunions. And it is more than simple nostalgia. It is a respect for what the school gave to its pupils and what those pupils have gone on to give to others whether through business, research, service … the list is endless.

Enjoy this latest volume about Wellingborough Grammar School. Some of you will still mourn its passing but to those who were privileged to attend it, just be grateful that it was there when you needed it, that it had a headmaster in Mr Wrenn who was determined to make the best of you, and thank your parents who undoubtedly made sacrifices to enable you to reap its benefits.

David Wilson