Welcome to the Official COBA Website

This Site was updated on the 3rd of June, 2019

Here is a set of LINKS to recent changes to the Site - They are in sequence (Time-Wise) with the most recent being "S T O P    P R E S S".

To view the associated item, just click on a link :-

SEE:-  The Fire or Evacuation or Facebook or Farrell (Olympics)  or Gallery(Lunch)

or Staff Memoriesr or Founders Day or Dinner or T I E S

Richard Thwaite passed away, see the STOP PRESS

Bob Mander Funeral Date, see the STOP PRESS

Latest Lunch Date, see the STOP PRESS

For an item about Bryan Short , click on Index and then click on "STAFF TALES" and look under "S"

For an opportunity to spot old CCFschoolmates, and tell us about them, click on "STAFF TALES" and look under "S"

For an opportunity to spot old CCFschoolmates,

Of course, for the very latest, check out the "STOP PRESS", below.


Webmaster - Chairman - Vice Chairman - Secretary - Treasurer - Lunches

President - Vice President - Newsletter - Membership - COBA Ties

If your computer does not accept the above links then, to contact members of the Council, please click on EMAILS.

S T O P     P R E S S   (3/6/2019)


Calling ALL old Old Boys.

Just to remind you that our next lunch will take place on 20th June, 12:30 a.m., at the Artists Club, 5 Eberle St, in Liverpool.
We still have availability and if you wish to make a reservation please let me know ASAP.
This meeting is the latest in a series which was introduced three years ago. Each of these have been most successful and provide a wonderful opportunity to reunite with fellow old boys in this delightful venue.
The event is open to ALL old boys and Ex-Members of Staff, so please feel free to invite any ex pupil who is not on my distribution list.
Looking forward to another great meeting.
With best wishes,

Derek Corlett


Bob Mander Funeral Details

Bob Mander's Funeral will be held at Springwood Crematorium, South Liverpool at 10.00 AM on Thursday 13th June. Bob Brown, Collegiate Chemistry Teacher and URC lay preacher is taking the service.


Bob Mander Passed away


Derek Corlett has received the following email:-

Bob Mander (Big Bob) Head of Geography at LCS in the late 60's, Early 70's. Died after a long illness this morning.

Old Boys will remember his trips to Colomendy, His activities in the CCF. his sense of humour and his knowledge of his subject and his memorable method of teaching.

Clearly no details are available but will let you know soonest.

Regards - John

N.B. We have no data about Bob Mander on our files and would welcome any contributions that our members can come up with. However it has been pointed out that He can be seen on this video of a trip to Colomendy - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UFDScfDKnM4


Richard Thwaite passed away

From - David Williams <davidwilliams465@btinternet.com> - Association Secretary.

Dear Colleagues, It is with sadness that I have to advise you that our colleague, Richard Thwaite passed away on Monday 29th April. Our Vice President Arthur Evans, has informed us that the Funeral Service for Richard Thwaite is to be held at 2.0pm on Thursday, 16th May, at St. James Church, Woolton, with cremation to follow at 3.0pm at Springwood Crematorium.

Richard was well known to our members for his work in organising the Remembrance Day Service, each year, in the school foyer. What might not be so well known, is that he also produced, each year, an extremely detailled and comprehensive 'writeup' for the annual Founders Ceremony, in the Liverpool Cathedral. For an example of this year's Writeup, click on this link   FOUNDERS  

David Williams

Here is a picture of Richard (sitting next to Arthur Evans) and HE IS BARE-HEADED!

We have had a request for us to show a picture of Richard WEARING HIS "Old School Cap".

You may well remember him as "The chap who wore the cap!' After the food was eaten.

Dredging our archives for such a Snap, have proved fruitless.

Ricahrd was a modest chap.

We have decided to call on our members to rectify this omission in our Archives, and send in a suitable appendage that we can attach to Richrd's head to complete the picture.

Or to put it briefly:-

"Has anybody got an 'old school cap' that we can borrow?"

Failing that, would someone have a complete pic (Head plus cap) that we could use?





Richard's Funeral

Richard Thwaite (43-49)

It is with sadness that it is announced that Richard Thwaite has died, aged 86, after a short illness in hospital.

Richard was a member of the Council of COBA for many years, and will be missed very much for his input to the activities of the Association. ln particular
he was instrumental in the introduction of a Remembrance Day Service, held in the Entrance Hall of the old School Building in Shaw Street. The Service is held each year on llth November, in memory of the former pupils of the School who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and in subsequent
conflicts. Richard ensured that the arrangements were in hand to use the Building and arranged the refreshment facilities for those attending.

He will also be remembered for the excellent write-ups he produced for the Collegiate Times and the Website, covering the Remembrance Day Service and the Founders Day Service at the Liverpool Cathedral, to which members of the Council are invited by the Liverpool College Headmaster.

He and his Son were keen followers of sport and regularly attended cricket matches on Merseyside

His funeral service took place on the 16th May, at St. James Church, Woolton, with the Commital at Springwood Crematorium; the Association was represented by the Vice President, the Chairman and Deputy of the Association. Attendance was excellent with the Collegiate Old Boys renewing acquaintances with schooldays friends. Richard would have been in his element, if he could have been present. Here is the 'Order of the Service '.



A letter from Sir Iain Hall - C.E.O. Great Schools Trust

To David Williams, COBA Secretary

Dear David, I have always been reticent about joining COBA as, although I attended the school from 1954-62, I was also the headteacher of Breckfield Comprehensive and took over the school when it amalgamated after the fire and, as such, was held responsible (incorrectly – it was a City Council decision) by some of the school governors at the time for its demise.

I have spent some time on the COBA site tonight and was sad to read of the deaths of Maurice Derbyshire who both taught me physics and became my Head of Science at Breckfield and Brian Fitton who also joined the staff of Breckfield. Both were excellent teachers and valued colleagues.

At the age of 76 I am still deeply involved in the profession and now am CEO of a small local trust of schools. I take pride attending their award ceremonies each year and reminding the pupils of how they should treasure school life and usually end by reciting the first verse of Paean Esmedunensis to their mild amusement as a measure of how a good school can live long in your memory.

Thank you for a great evening of long lost memories

Best wishes

Sir Iain

Sir Iain Hall - C.E.O. Great Schools Trust

To see a report on another SCHOOL PLAY, please click on HERE

A letter about a Member

Mary Woolley wrote:-

Dear Sir,

I’m trying to find out anything about my father Kenneth Walter Wadsworth who I believe was a pupil during the 1930s and especially if he went on any of the school trips to Belgium and Germany in the mid 1930s. I have found photographs of him in Belgium and Germany with a large group of people. He was the son of Walter Wadsworth who was the Captain of Liverpool FC and led the team to become league champions in 1922 and 1923. Ken later went on to join the 2nd Parachute Regiment and was one of the men who fought with John Frost on the bridge at Arnhem.
There is also a chance that my great grandfather John W Marshall either worked at, or was, a pupil at Liverpool Collegiate.
I live near Stratford on Avon and wonder if I will need to visit the Records Office in Liverpool to continue my research. I would welcome any advice or information that you could pass on.
Yours sincerely - Mary Woolley (nee Wadsworth)
Hi Ms. Woolley
I see that your letter is worded "There is also a chance that.............................................
I suppose that the reason that it was printed, was that my family were all fans of LFC at that time; and the name WALTER WADSWORTH was often mentioned to me, a young child. As I remember, He was known as "BIG WADDIE" with a kid brother known as "LITTLE WADDIE" or "OUR KID"

Good luck with your quest - WEBBIE


Hi Webby,

Just a quick email (a few weeks on - it's been hectic, as you can imagine) to say thank you again for your kind words and for sharing the sad news of my Granddad's passing. My Grandmother, Patricia, would also like to extend her greatest appreciation for everyone's kindness, especially those who attended the funeral. She would also like to thank someone by name, who she remembers to be called 'Mr Collet' (forgive me if this is incorrect, I'm sure you know who you are) for getting in touch with her. One of the things that touched us the most at the service is that when we played the CD of the old boys singing the collegiate anthem, we could hear many people singing along at the back - it was a great comfort to us.

Hoping you are all well.

Kindest regards,

Olivia Gower and family.

Hi Olivia - I'm sure that our Mr. CORLETT will forgive your spelling of his name - I am sure that your letter will be mentioned at our meeting, next month. I am afraid that your plea for data (see below) about your Grandda's career, has not produced any correspondence that has croosed my desk. The omens do not look too healthy.
N.B. - If you have a (spare) email address, that you don't mind risking getting some strange mail (shall we say), then we could publish it on this Site, allowing Members to contact you that way.


Maurice Derbyshire

The funeral was held on Monday 3rd December

Hi Olivia,

There should be no problems with making documents available to you. The holiday season may be having a negative affect on the members who do have documents. It may well be, that we do not get much response until we are into the new year.

Whatever does happen, I promise to keep you in touch with the end results.



Hi Webby,

I hope this email reaches you well. My name is Olivia Gower, I'm granddaughter to Maurice Derbyshire, who was a physics teacher and Head of Science at the Collegiate. His dementia had claimed any lasting memory he had of his career in the collegiate - the only memories he had clung onto for the last few years since the onset of his dementia. The reason I am contacting you today is to, firstly, ask permission to access the staff photo of the School Masters in 1976. This is to hopefully show to him, or at the very least give as a gift to my grandmother (Patricia), and mother (Jacquelyn). Secondly, if permission was to be granted, I'd massively appreciate the original scanned file from whoever had the physical copy so I can print at the best possible quality. Lastly, I'd like to thank you for the work you have all put in to keep the memories of the collegiate alive with your association, it's been a massive comfort reading through some of the memories. My personal favourite was the one where a pupil caught a glimpse of his teaching notes! Any more stories would be massively appreciated too, if possible.

I await your response.

Kind regards, Olivia

Hi Olivia,
It appears that the source of the photo was Rob Blaney. We had hoped that you may have been able to make contact with Mr Blaney. Wedon't have an address for him, at the moment, but are making enquiries in the hopes of obtaining it.

However, We do have a policy of not providing people with an address such as this, willy nilly. But, we would be prepared to send your email address to any corespondent - WITH YOUR PERMISSION - if we find one.

It seems that Mr Blaney was a TEACHER at the school FOR ONE YEAR. Though he does not seem to be a member nowadays, he did play football for the SCHOOL OLD BOYS 5th ELEVEN

Regards - Webby,

Hi Webby,

I apologise for my late response, I regret to inform you that my granddad sadly passed away on Monday morning. It would be massively appreciated if you could contact Mr Blaney for me in any hope that he has access to the picture. Also, please pass my thanks on to Gwyn for hhi best wishes. With regards to my granddad's funeral, it will be held on Monday 3rd December at 10:45 at Burscough Crematorium, with the wake being held at the "Bull and Dog" pub in Burscough afterward, likely around 12. If anyone in the association would like to join us in remembering him, it would be massively appreciated, we know how important the Collegiate was to him and still is to all of you. Hope to see some of you there.

Kind Regards and Many Thanks, Olivia


As you can guess, from our title, we have finally got COBA Ties in stock. You'll be pleased to know that we managed to beat down their price to only £12 each (Including Postage). Of course, this means that you can all FLAUNT your nice new tie and be the envy of ALL your friends.

All it takes is an email to <ron@liverpool-collegiate.org.uk> and 'all will be revealed', including the fact that you can pay by Pay Pal.



COIRLETTS PALSOur member, Derek Corlett, has sent in the following memoir which we hope will provoke comments from lads who knew him at school and can offer their memories of those years and those classes and (maybe) some of those teachers. Read it and write in :-

On one dismal day on 8th February 1955 when 8 inches of snow lay on the ground, a large group of junior school students descended on the Collegiate School in Shaw Street. Their purpose was to sit the 11 plus exam to qualify for entrance to the senior School. About 180 were successful and I was amongst them. I started my scholastic career by entering in form 3D.

The entry forms in that year ran from 3A to 3F and after a satisfactory first year I was allocated to the classics form 4A. That form included many very bright scholars who were well qualified to master the principal subjects of Latin and Greek. I experienced the utmost difficulty in keeping pace with the rest of our form and eventually left to take a job in 1960.

Having witnessed the devastating fire in the early 90's I was invited to join the Association in 1999 and this presented an opportunity to meet up with some former class mates for the first time since 1960. Progressively I have met more and more of my fellow pupils and have been amazed at the successful careers that they pursued. Many have held high office in their chosen fields.

One such person who I had not met was Michael Suter who moved to Spain following his retirement as Chief Executive of Shropshire County Council. Through the medium of our website he has expressed a deep interest in the affairs of the Association regretting that he is unable to attend the Annual Dinners. This week he returned to the UK for a short break and asked me to arrange a lunch meeting with a small number of former pupils. This meeting took place at West Derby Golf Club on 14th August 2017 and a team photo is shown herewith. Those present thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to reunite with their long lost colleagues. Some 60 plus years had passed since joining the School and hardly any communication since leaving. All in all, this was a wonderful occasion and I would encourage any member of the Association to consider organising a similar meeting for any number of their choice. The meal was top quality and the Club house is a perfect venue for a reunion. The cost of an excellent three course meal is less than £20 pp.

If you are interested in arranging an event please feel free to contact me using my details on the website.

Cheers - Derek Corlett


Do you see this picture on the right? See if you think that you can spot yourself (or a pal) on this mini version of the cast of the school play (St. Joan). If you click on it, all will be revealed in a letter, from Dave Barrow. Have a go and impress ALL your friends (both of them) :-)


St. Joan

The following is an excerpt from the COBA Facebook Site :-

Derek Corlett and Jackie Griffiths posted in Collegiate Old Boys Association .

23 September at 19:29 - Derek Corlett - I am proposing to post a copy of the Dinner Ticket which shows the words of the School Song ( in Latin) which we use to sing at the conclusion of proceedings. Also the school chant is shown which we also recite. A number of folk have not known that the chant existed and others have made a good effort in recalling the exact words. To avoid any misunderstanding I have submitted an application to our Administrator for this to be incorporated on the Facebook site. I hope also to have this recorded on the COBA website.

Derek Corlett


Replacement Officers

Here at COBA, we are still looking for a reserve team of members who would be capable of taking over the duties of certain present Officers of the Council, when the time comes for them to pass on their duties.

We have identified two of the offices that could suffer most, from an hiatus due to a retirement. These are Secretary and Treasurer. With this in mind, we are trying to prepare for all eventualities, by:-

(a) Keeping a set of (up-to-date) Backup Data for each of the jobs.

(b) Inviting volunteers from the membership who would be prepared (at this time) to acclimatise themselves as to how the duties of a retiring officer are performed and how the data is organised. This, of course, is with a view to taking over the duties when a retirement occurs.  Thus, we are inviting interested members to contact our Chairman, by clicking on Chairman for further details. 

For an interesting snippet from an early Esmeduna, click on Here

Any members who fancy themselves as budding Sherlock Holmes should click on this Facebook link :-


where they can try to solve the latest in the Guess the Year Puzzle , They are not easy but then again, they are not too hard. Have a go and see.

  To LISTEN TO a 'Snippet' about T.P.Gleave, Click on Guinea-Pigs


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The Association was formed in 1909, following the transfer of the Shaw Street Schools from the Liverpool Collegiate Institution to the Liverpool City Council, and it maintained a strong connection with the Liverpool Collegiate School up to the time of the School's closure in 1985. Since then the Association has kept a watching brief on the future use of the Shaw Street building, which is Grade II listed. The building has been converted now for residential use, containing some 90 very tasteful apartments. We hold a service on Remembrance Day, the 11th November each year, in the Entrance Hall of the Building. (Click on"Memories", for details).

COBA  Facebook

The Collegiate Old Boys Association now have an official Group on the social media site Facebook. You can visit the Group page by clicking this link:-


The Group page is relatively new and we hope to generate more interest by posting regular articles and news about the school and the activities of COBA. It is also meant as a platform for discussion.  Feel free to either contribute or just browse.

N.B. - When you use the above link, you will be requested to sign in, using your Facebook Password or to join Facebook - This is a requisite, in order to access the entries.

If you want to join the Facebook Group you need to have a Facebook account. You can get a Facebook account (at no cost) by clicking on:-


We look forward to meeting you there.

N.B.  We have been getting reports that some of our members have not had any luck, when using the above (email) links.  We are aware that the successful members seem to be the ones who use "Outlook".  It is possible, that the unsuccessful ones may be using "Gmail" or "Thunderbird"  etc.  If some problems do seem evident, you might try using your usual email procedure and an address of :-


A Cri de Coeur.

It has been pointed out to us, that what we need (on our site) are some definitive articles about periods in our history, that are often referred to,  but exact details are not commonly known.   Accordingly, we would like to put together a page covering exactly what did happen, at any one of these times

What we need, is data, from our readers including, of course, photographs (Preferably scanned at 300 ppi and be in JPEG form with accompanying text).  Any of our readers, who have memories of such incidents can contact us by clicking on HERE

Such topics, might include :--

Bangor - The school was evacuated to Bangor - Where? (exactly) - When? (exactly) - For how long? - Did ALL the school go? - Which members of the staff went? - Did "The Prep" go? - Was the Shaw St. building closed down? - What Sport was available?

The Fire - What we need, is a definitive article about the disastrous fire that caused closure of the school.  We do have quite a few photos of the damage that was done - but no description of the events. We don't expect - "I was sitting there reciting some Latin, when I felt a blast of hot air rising up the back of my chair ......." - What were people doing when it occurred? - What did people say, to each other? - Did anyone rush down to see the flames? - Or next day to see the ruins? - Did you go inside? - Did you see any souvenir hunters, picking through debris?

Colomendy - (Sometimes referred to as 'Colomenditz') - Many Liverpool schools used this 'Outdoor Centre' - Contributions from Non-COBs would be considered (to stimulate memories )

School Camps (and CCF Camps) Where? - When? - How long? - Who went? - Which staff went? ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.    ETC.