Dame Allan’s Boys school is teaching the fourth generation of the Clark family, with Monty and Seb Clark starting in September. They join sister Annabelle who is being taught at Dame Allan’s Girls School.
The boys are following in the footsteps of their great-grandfather, Harold, who joined the boy’s school 110 years ago in the pre-war era when fees were charged in pounds and shillings. Dame Allan’s School then welcomed late grandfather Rodney in 1947 and father Julian in 1977.
Dame Allan’s has played such a central part in all our childhoods… we have all shared a common sense of gratitude and appreciation for the well-rounded education that was afforded to us – Julian Clark, former Dame Allan’s School pupil
Julian, from Gosforth, Newcastle said: “Dame Allan’s has played such a central part in all our childhoods – and while each of our individual experiences at the schools were quite different, we have all shared a common sense of gratitude and appreciation for the well-rounded education that was afforded to us.”
The school has since changed location and expanded from teaching 280 pupils in 1912 to 1200 today.
The four generations of the Clark family have witnessed history’s key events. Harold was bitterly disappointed at not being able to fight in the Great War as he was too young. He became a bank manager for Lloyds. Rodney joined the school at 12, two years after the end of the second world war, leaving the year of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. He became a chartered mechanical engineer and ended his career at Rolls Royce. Both Harold and Rodney were heavily involved in the cadets.
Dame Allan’s follows the diamond structure of education. Boys and girls are taught independently between the ages of 11 and 16, while being co-educated in both the junior school and the sixth form.
Principal Will Scott said: “Dame Allan’s has long felt proud of its family ethos, generated by a dedicated team of caring and experienced teachers and staff who encourage students to flourish. The Clark family’s history with the schools is a lovely reminder of the importance of maintaining and upholding the strong values that have been present here for hundreds of years.”
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