FoRWS are a non-profit group that is administrated by a small committee of volunteers who help to maintain alumni contact and arrange reunions for ex-pupils in the old school buildings.
The current committee consists of:
John Newton-Davies – Chair John attended the Royal Wanstead School in Snaresbrook for his entire schooling in the 1950s; from Infants, Juniors and Prep through to the Senior School. His brother also attended RWS but went onto RWS’s sister school, Reeds, for his senior school education after passing the 11+ examination. John worked for many years in the Library and Heritage sector.
Rosemary Bensley (nee Gilbertson) – Honorary Treasurer Rosey attended the Royal Wanstead School in Sawbridgeworth for her senior school education in the 1960s. After a successful career in the world of finance, Rosey is now a published author with her first book, It’s Not All Rosey, which tells the story of her extraordinary life, gaining great reviews and 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon!
Karen Laverock – Honorary Secretary Both Karen’s mother and uncle attended the Royal Wanstead School in the 1950s. This makes Karen a ‘second-generation Wansteadian’. Karen has worked her entire life in IT and enjoys social history and transcribing records for genealogical research so when the FoRWS committee were in need of help, Karen joined the committee.
Roger Mew – Committee Member Roger attended the Royal Wanstead School in Snaresbrook from Infants, Juniors, Prep and then, on passing his 11+, went to Reeds School to complete his senior education.
Mick Bassett-May – Committee Member Mick attended the Royal Wanstead School in Snaresbrook for his junior education and just joined the seniors when the school closed in 1971.