Old Newportonian Society (Alumni)

The Old Newportonian Society is our valued Alumni at Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport. Our Alumni are involved in many events on the Academy Calendar, with highlights being the annual sports fixtures hosted in the summer term and dinner hosted in the autumn term. These events are great social events and are open to any member of the Alumni both young and old to attend, share their experiences of the Academy as they remember it and catch up with fellow ex-students, alongside current students, ex and current staff.

In addition to these events, the Alumni have been great supporters of the Academy, both in sharing their time, experience, expertise and financial resources, showing their willingness to continue in Dame Joyce Frankland’s ambition of developing ‘good members of the Common Wealth’.

Further to helping the Academy, the society also acts as a vehicle for its members to keep in touch with each other after they leave. The society has a Facebook Page (link: Old Newportonians | Saffron Walden | Facebook) and a Twitter Account (link: Old Newportonians (@ONs_Newport) / Twitter), it also sends out two newsletters each year, one in July and one in December, which contain information about forthcoming events, results and reports of events which have taken place, as well as articles of interest. Please do take the time to sign up to become a member via the application form and share in the community that a thriving Alumni brings.

Finally, to support raising funds for the Academy, the society runs a 100 club which is drawn at the Committee Meetings. If you would like to take part and support this please complete the form below.


Old Newportonians Application Form

Old Newportonians 100 Club Form

A brief history of the Old Newportonian Society

The Old Newportonian Society was founded in 1895 at the George Inn, Southwark, by a group of former students including A.L. Simmons who attended the Academy from 1882 to 1885. Simmons originally thought of the idea of forming a former students society in a letter to William Waterhouse who was Headmaster from 1878 to 1911.

On 7th December 1895 the Society was officially formed and set up by a few Old Newportonians and has been in continuous existence ever since. Currently there are over one thousand members some fifty of whom live abroad. Since its formation the society has endeavoured to help the Academy in any way it can. In the last thirty years or so, members of the society have contributed in excess of £150,000 to support the Academy. The support of such appeals including raising funds to build the Music Suite and the Drama Studio, as well as supporting individual students or groups of students in the furtherance of their studies, educational and cocurricular pursuits.


Please see below the archive of Newsletters sent out to the members of the Old Newportonian Society

Committee Members

Committee 2022-23

President: Dan Grindrod [2014-]


Treasurer: Ian Smith [1959-66]

Secretary: Rick Reynolds

Assistant Secretaries: Lisa Dunlop [2004-], Lee Gamble [2005-], Rick Reynolds [1993-2012]

Committee Members: Roger Bedford, Jon Dudley, Spencer Hill, Victoria Hill, Alan Mills, David Morris, Simon Price-Whittle, Duncan Roberts (Principal), Chris Szaj, Martin Szaj, Martin Tomlinson, Michael Wheelhouse.

Auditor: Richard King [70-77]


EGM (12/6/24 from 5pm at JFAN)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85634797141?pwd=wGYkmBWxhw8bHXN8HnRqMZ59eaubwi.1

Meeting ID: 856 3479 7141 Passcode: pJR7j6

Committee Meetings (12/6/24, 11/9/24)

Meetings will take place in The Peake Building, or virtually depending on circumstances.

Sporting fixtures

Saturday 20th April 2024– held at JFAN with a social gathering in the Hockey Pavilion

Mixed Hockey 9am – Contact Lisa Dunlop ldunlop@joycefrankland.org

Men’s Football 10am – Contact Dan Grindrod dgrindrod@joycefrankland.org

Mixed Cross Country 9.30am– Contact Becky Imhagwe rimhagwe@joycefrankland.org

Sunday 23rd June 2024 – held at JFAN and a local cricket ground TBC  Women’s Netball  Mixed Cricket

You can view the latest edition of The Newportonian here



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