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.

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Become a Member

Don’t miss out! New members are always welcome. Click here for membership details

Sponsorship

 

We’re delighted to announce that The SDS Group (Education & Heritage) will be our lead sponsor at this year’s conference and will be taking an exhibition stand at St Dunstan's College where you can chat to them about their digital archiving solutions.

Visit their websites sds-heritage.co.uk and sds-group.co.uk and click here for more details.

 

 

We also welcome ToucanTech as a sponsor of this year's conference and they will be taking an exhibition stand at the conference.

A beautiful all-in-one community and database software. Synched with social media and combining a CRM, email, fundraising, news, events, shop, mentoring and more, it’s a complete solution at an affordable price.

Visit their website toucantech.com for more details.

 

South Networking Meeting - The Royal School, Haslemere 22 February 2018

We are delighted that we have been invited to meet once again at The Royal School for our South Networking Meeting on 22 February by kind permission of the Head.

STOP PRESS - The School's GDPR Consultant will be joining us to highlight some of the points relating to GDPR/Alumni Associations/Schools.

The invitation can be downloaded here and non-members are welcome to join us.

 


 

The Royal School, Haslemere - 23 February 2017

AROPS South Regional Networking Meeting took place for the third time at The Royal School, Haslemere, Surrey on Thursday February 23, 2017. Those attending were from left to right:

Stella Baynes - King Edward’s Witley, Judith Curati (at rear) - Haberdashers’ Aske’s, Gilly Kelly - Lord Wandsworth College, Q.D. Seymour-Smith - AROPS, Old Decanians/Millfieldian, Polly Murray- Prior’s Field, Naia Edwards- St. John’s Leatherhead, Frank Rogers - Aldenham, Vickie Ingle - Cranleigh School, Sue Hawkins- Luckley House, Bill Gillen AROPS President, Anne Lynch Principal, The Royal School, Joe Kerridge - John Lyon School, Caroline Scallon AROPS The Royal School, Michelle Gascoine - John Lyon School, Diana Nelson - Farleigh Prep School.

Click here for a summary of the discussions that took place.

 


 

 

AROPS’ 2016 South Regional Meeting was held at The Royal School, Haslemere, Surrey on Thursday, 25 February. Among those attending were from left to right:  Stella Baynes (Alumni Co-ordinator, King Edward’s School, Witley), Diana Nelson (Farleigh Society, Farleigh School, Andover), Sue Hawkins (Luckley Alumni, Luckley House School, Wokingham),  Mrs. Anne Lynch, Principal, The Royal School,  Tim Cunis (AROPS committee, Old Pauline Club) and Caroline Scallon (AROPS committee, Royal School Association). They were joined by representatives from Kingston Grammar School, St. John’s School, Leatherhead, Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks and Q.D. Seymour-Smith (AROPS committee, Old Decanians and Old Millfieldians).

Several present had attended AROPS meetings before. For the majority this was a very useful first time opportunity to meet and share news, views and ideas on how, in this changing world, we tackle relationships between alumni associations and the schools; maintain channels of communication and attract the interest of past pupils in their old schools as well as in each other.   Among the topics under discussion were data protection and charitable status together with relevant legislation, communications, record keeping, archives, funding, mentoring, venues for reunions and events designed to lure different age groups.

Verdict – a very useful exercise indeed!

 

 


 

 

There was a good turnout for the last South-East meeting at The King’s School, Canterbury in November 2014.  The topics covered included use of Twitter, spiralling postage costs, improving levels of alumni engagement and alumni societies – independent or part of the school?  

Please click here for the full report.

 


 

Subscriptions, social media and attracting current and former teachers to events were the main topics of discussion at The Royal School, Haslemere in June when the South Region met in the school’s splendid Stoatley Hall.

Click here for the full report.

With many thanks to The Royal School for their very kind hospitality.

In the next academic year The Royal School will be celebrating 175 years since its foundation.  A full programme of events for the whole school community is being arranged and will be advertised in due course.

 

 


 

The last South Region meeting was held at Lord Wandsworth College in Hook, Hampshire.  Click here for the minutes.

 

 

If your society would be interested in hosting a regional meeting, please get in touch with Jan Butler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forthcoming Events

5 June 2018

Midlands Networking - Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire  

7 June 2018

London Networking - St Paul's, Barnes, London SW13 9JT

21 June 2018

South West Networking - Millfield, Somerset

26 June 2018

Northern Networking - Bootham School, York

10 October 2018

East Region Networking - The Leys School, Cambridge

 

Other meetings are currently being arranged, please check back for latest news

2018 Annual General Meeting

11 October 2018, Queen's Gate School, London

2019 Annual Conference

11 May 2019, Magdalene College, Oxford 

 

Regional meetings are also open to non-members