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 has been holding an annual conference since 1971, each hosted by a different school. The aim is to give members an opportunity to visit a variety of schools around the country: primary and secondary, day and boarding, single-sex and co-ed, small independent and high profile public.
Two main sessions in the morning are followed by a choice of afternoon plenary sessions.
Below is a list of the recent locations. Click on the school name to see or download a pdf of the relevant report.
2015 – The Leys School, Cambridge
(topics: creating a harmonious relationship between the Head, school and alumni society, working with development offices, digitising archives, involving young people in alumni societies, planning successful events and setting up special interest group, and the use of modern communications in 'friend-raising'.)
2014 – Bristol Grammar School
(topics: Using social networking; Breathing life back into the organisation; Schools, societies and development offices; Funding of societies; Enticing members to society events; Challenges facing smaller schools)
(topics: Friendship and fundraising; Data protection; Constitutions and committees; Business and professional networking; Subscriptions; Relations with development offices; Social networking workshop)
(topics: School archiving; Engaging younger members; Development offices; Business and professional networking; Communications; Subscriptions)
(topics: School governance; Successful friendraising; Communications; Overseas alumni; Engaging younger members; Subscriptions; Parents, Friends & OP Societies; Facebook)
(topics: Conservative Party policy on education; Measuring schools; Facebook; Societies and development offices; Parents and Friends; Smaller schools and societies)
(topics: Forming a bond between school and former pupil; Survey of societies and affiliated organisations; Facebook)
(topics: Development directors’ work; Survey of merged societies; Life subscriptions; Magazines and newsletters; Software; Ethical dilemmas)
Locations of Conferences before 2007 are listed in the Handbook.
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