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
Following the death of his father John attended the Royal Wanstead School at Snaresbrook from September 1950 to July 1958, moving from Infants to Juniors and through the Senior school while his brother George gained a place at Reed’s School, Cobham. George became an academic bookseller while John devoted himself to 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 & Archivist
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 age 5 in Prep and Juniors then, on passing his 11+, went to Reeds School to complete his senior education.
Mick May – Committee Member
Mick found out he was going to ‘stay away’ at the time England won the World Cup in 1966; he had just turned eight and his life at Royal Wanstead School began in the Junior School on 15th September 1966. By September 1969 he progressed to the Seniors and was in class 2A until 16th July 1971 when the RWS closed its doors for good.
John Runeckles – Committee Member
John arrived at Royal Wanstead School with his brother Michael in January 1954 and after 2 terms in Miss Browning’s class in Prep, spent 3 years in the Juniors before leaving for Reed’s School in Summer 1957. After studying Chemistry at university, John qualified as a patent attorney and still works in the field of patents and intellectual property for a US law firm in the City.