December 1914. The annual distribution of prizes won by the scholars of Campden Grammar School took place on Thursday afternoon in the presence of a large gathering of pupils, parents and friends. Col. the Hon. A.B. Bathurst (who was in khaki) presided and among those on the platform were Mrs Bathurst, Mr & Mrs. A. Wrigley, the Rev. O. Jackson, Dr. Dewhurst, Mr. L. Stanley, Mr. H. Wixey, Mr. T. Robbins, Mr & Mrs. O. New, Mr & Mrs. C. R. Ashbee, the Headmaster, Mr. Matthew Cox, Mr. T. Davies, BSc, Mr W. Hannah, BA, Miss Smith, BA, and Miss Fenton B.A. The platform was draped with the flags of the Allies.
The proceedings opened with the singing of the Marseillaise by the school choir.
Included in the Headmaster’s speech was the fact that the school had enjoyed a period of exceptional progress, during which the school had been successful from every point of view. For the first time the school was a centre of Oxford University Local Examinations, in which some candidates achieved above expectations. Others it seemed could have, with more experience and concentration done better!
The school lost the devoted services of a Miss Duncan.
His Majesty’s Inspectors reported that the school showed unmistakeable signs of vigour and diligence, & that there was obviously plenty of public spirit & corporate feeling, whilst the tone & discipline created a favourable impression. The Head felt it was the responsibility of the prefects & senior pupils to uphold the reputation of the school. He added that the office of prefect afforded splendid opportunities for the formation of character.
During the year the school had held several exhibitions and entertainments, raising funds that benefited buying equipment. Two lady governors had transformed part of the premises into what resembled a home of bliss & cave of harmony!
Increased numbers fully justified an additional member of staff, showing marked progress all round, including the weekly bills of the boarders!
The Head stated that he was reminded that several of the Governing Body were far away on military duties, as were many old boys, and parents of present pupils.
In sports the school continued to be successful, and it was hoped that the Board of Education would issue a circular, recommending boys from 12-14 be proficient in the rudiments of drill, and boys from 14-18 be equally proficient in the use of a rifle.
There followed a list of prize winners: (eg: Senior Science Prize presented by Hon. Iris Mitford, K. Ellis)