What is AROPS
AROPS is open to representatives of all school alumni societies and provides a forum for the exchange of views and the sharing of experiences in running alumni organisations.
Members represent a wide range from small prep schools to the top UK public schools.
AROPS was founded in 1971 by Mike Comer of the Old Johnians (St John’s School, Leatherhead) to give the representatives of school alumni societies an opportunity to get together with other societies to learn from other people’s experiences and to be inspired by shared ideas. It is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation with membership drawn chiefly from independent and maintained schools providing primary or secondary education. It is run by a committee of volunteers from the membership and a part-time, paid administrator.
Anyone attending an AROPS event for the first time is struck by the friendly, non-competitive atmosphere where members genuinely want to help each other.
The main event of the year is the Conference held on a Saturday in early May and hosted by a member school. The venue changes each year to a different part of the country but always with ease of access in mind. The next Conference, for example, will be at Malvern St James Girls' School in Great Malvern on 14 May 2016. Click here for more details.
The two morning sessions are presentations on a particular topic of current interest to members, followed by a lunch and then a choice of four or five plenary sessions in the afternoon, often including a practical session such as learning to use the latest social media to communicate better with society members.
During the day there are plenty of opportunities for representatives to meet and chat and the optional dinner in the evening is a purely social event.
The 2015 AGM will be held at Queen’s Gate School in South Kensington on Thursday 8 October in the early evening. Click here for more details.
The formal part of the AGM is essential but brief, allowing time for talks and a Q&A session, and general discussion between representatives, followed by a buffet supper.
This is a new and very successful initiative allowing representatives to meet fellow members in their region in a less formal environment. Meeting dates for the coming year are shown on the right here, with details on the relevant page – just click on the date to go straight to the page.
Staying in Touch
Regular newsletters are sent out by email, while the AROPS Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts allow members to network electronically. The Conference and AGM reports are sent by post to every representative.
26 April 2017
Midlands Networking: Rugby School, Rugby
13 May 2017
AROPS Conference: Prior Park College, Bath
14 June 2017
London Area Networking: Eton College
22 June 2017
East Midlands Networking: Trent College, Nottingham
12 October 2017
AROPS AGM, Queen's Gate School, South Kensington, London
Regional meetings are also open to non-members