A first class graduation day for Leeds Grammar School

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Leeds Grammar School was well represented at the recent Open University (OU) graduation day in Milton Keynes, with two Old Leos and a staff member collecting degrees.

The day was particularly special for the Fraser family, with dad Clive and son James both graduating with first class degrees at the same ceremony. James (OL08) completed his masters in 2016 but decided to defer accepting his degree until 2017, so that he and his father could graduate together.

James did his first degree at the University of Oxford, and after a few years in employment did a maths masters at the OU in the shortest possible time – two years – coming joint top in the year group. He is now in his second year of a PhD in maths at the OU.

Clive will be known to generations of Old Leos after a long career teaching physics at the school, and he still works part-time at The Grammar School at Leeds. Having done a first degree in physics at Oxford, for many years he studied modules with the Open University out of interest, before opting to formalise his studies and take a maths degree.

At the degree ceremony in Milton Keynes Theatre, Clive spotted a familiar face – his former pupil, Peter Townsley (OL86). Peter had studied A-level physics with Clive, and was graduating with a first class degree from the OU in politics, philosophy and economics, alongside his wife Ann who was graduating in psychology, also first class.

Congratulations to them all!

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