Queen’s Visit Video Discovered

Published 12 October 2023

We are delighted that a wonderful moment in time and important piece of school history has recently been shared with us. Contractor, Patrick Bowen, recently discovered a video taken at St Bartholomew’s Boys’ Grammar School in 1972 during a visit from Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Education, Margaret Thatcher. The visit was part of events to mark the quincentenary of St Bart’s foundation. This was kept safe by Patrick’s grandmother, Joan Kingston, who was herself a ‘dinner lady’ at the school during this time and recorded the video.

In the video you can clearly see Her Majesty being shown around, whilst students put on an impressive gymnastics display in front of the Wormestall building! Just three years after the visit, the decision was made to join the boys’ school with the Newbury County Girls’ Grammar School to form St Bartholomew’s School as we know it today.

Watch the video here.

Our sincere thanks to Patrick for sharing both this very special video and fond memories of his grandmother.