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June 2018

After completing A levels in English, French and German Peter Stanton (1967 – 1974) went to work for the NatWest bank in Ashford in July 1974 and is still working for them under the banner of RBS in London.  He moved away from Ashford in 1985, but now lives in Hythe.  He particularly remembers Nicholas Barbasiewicz, Andrew Thomas and Peter Taylor as contemporaries, and going on a ski trip to France with Alan and Audrey Watson, Malcolm and Joan Taylor plus tennis coaching from Trevor Chenery.

Steve Beerling (1966 - 1971) was also known as Steve Cooper in the second year.  Alan Watson was responsible for coaching him in hockey and he was selected to represent Ashford, Kent and England.  Steve joined the Royal Navy as a marine engineer, and after leaving the RN as a civil engineer.  He now lives in Maidstone and retired unofficially at about 50. He spent some time as a Borough Councillor, was chair of a charity for younger people, a trustee for an ex-service personnel charity and an advocate for disabled people.  He remembers Bob Fowler and Colin Moon as contemporaries.

Together with Peter Grant, David Flawn (1960s) recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his first games for Kennington Cricket Club.  David played nearly 400 games, scoring almost 11,000 runs and taking 123 wickets.  He retired in 2017 from being one of the first Eurostar drivers.  His twin sons James and Richard are presently serving in the Royal Navy and Household Cavalry.

June 2017

We send our best wishes to Kenneth Hall, whom members will remember as Deputy Head from 1972 to 1981.  Whilst at NKS, Kenneth taught modern languages (French, German and Russian), ran the sailing club, and produced a number of school productions with James Fehr and Martin Lake.

Kenneth took early retirement, when he enrolled as a PhD student at Liverpool University.  He then had a part-time career, training teachers of Modern Languages at Liverpool and Exeter universities.  Following this, both Kenneth and his wife Dorothea taught at schools in India (Ootacamund and Chennai) and Bangladesh.  Kenneth and Dorothea now live in Scotland.

Chris Daynes (Staff 1977-2001) left his post as Head of Art in 2001 to begin a new career as a landscape painter.  He recently celebrated the sale of his one thousandth picture since 1995.  He lives with his wife Vivienne in Tenterden.  Their son Nick, a former student, is a director of a firm of independent financial advisers.  Chris welcomes contact from any of his former students at

Congratulations to Philip Sibbald (1988-1993) who, in March 2017, was appointed Team Development Officer of the Ashford Town Parish of the Church of England.

Congratulations to Prof. Adrian Briggs (1966-1973), who earlier this year was appointed a Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa. Adrian is a practising barrister and legal academic, and his nomination focuses on his book on private international law.  Its focus, and his main specialism, is the private international law of jurisdiction and foreign judgements.  Adrian is the Sir Richard Gozney Fellow in Law and Tutor in Law at St Edmund Hall Oxford.

Brian Foreman (1959-1966) retired from the financial services industry in 2014 and now lives in the Cotswolds near Cheltenham, where he does voluntary work in his village.  He still manages to visit friends in Ashford and Aldington a couple of times each year.

Having left the electricity supply industry after 35 years, Nigel Champion (1977-1980) now runs his own business offering management and consultancy services, predominantly in the utility sector.

Raoul Nardin left NKS in 1991 and studied Civil Engineering at Kingston University.  He worked for South East Water for eight years, and now works at Aecon.  Raoul lives with his family in Epsom, Surrey.  He would very much like to make contact with his contemporary Jon Lake.

John Catt (1950-1957) retired as an Honorary Professor in Geography at University College London in 2016.

Elliot Tiernan (1985-1990) is a self-employed management consultant, living in Wye.

Adam Like is a solicitor and works in Ashford.  He recently visited the NKS for a careers symposium, giving information advice to students thinking of law as a career.

Peter Burden runs his own holiday company based in Ashford.

Philip Gardner (1958-1963) is retired and living in Berkshire.

September 2016

NKS are looking for Old Ashfordians who might be interested in telling their story about how their time at the school inspired their career. If you are interested please contact Sarah Moir on

 April 2016

Thanks to Luke Jones (2004-2011) for the following updates:

Luke graduated with a BSc in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry from Nottingham University.  He is currently taking a post graduate degree in medicine.

John Grocott (2004-2011) was President of St. Johns College at Durham University.

Adam Kydd (2004-2011) is teaching in Jordan, having obtained an Honours degree in PPE.

March 2016

Congratulations to Philip Sibbald (1988-1993) who has been elected as Chair of the House of Laity for the Canterbury Diocesan Synod of the Church of England.

Congratulations to Sean Page (1984-1989) on the recent publication of his limited edition short story 'Girl with the Dark Hair'.  Sean's other published works include 'The Official Zombie Handbook',' War Against the Walking Dead' and 'Alien Invasion Manual'.