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.


Become a Member

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



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.



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.


2016 – Malvern St James Girls’ School

(topics: Current trends in secondary educationgood practice in data management; how to get the best out of your database provider; careers and university mentoring; how to engage female alumnae; the role of volunteers)


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: Adapt or Perish; Social Media; new-look AROPS; Alumni software packages; Sports, musical and cultural events; Archiving; Subscriptions)


2013 – Portsmouth 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)


2012 – Rugby School

(topics: Friendship and fundraising; Data protection; Constitutions and committees; Business and professional networking; Subscriptions; Relations with development offices; Social networking workshop)


2011 – Kingston Grammar School

(topics: School archiving; Engaging younger members; Development offices; Business and professional networking; Communications; Subscriptions)


2010 – Dean Close School, Cheltenham

(topics: School governance; Successful friendraising; Communications; Overseas alumni; Engaging younger members; Subscriptions; Parents, Friends & OP Societies; Facebook)


2009 – Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield

(topics: Conservative Party policy on education; Measuring schools; Facebook; Societies and development offices; Parents and Friends; Smaller schools and societies)


2008 – Kimbolton School, Huntingdon

(topics: Forming a bond between school and former pupil; Survey of societies and affiliated organisations; Facebook)


2007 – Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire

(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.

Forthcoming Events



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

Regional Networking meetings are also open to non-members


2019 Annual General Meeting

10 October 2019, Queen's Gate School, London