THE history of John Hampden Grammar School has been documented in a new book which has been put together by current pupils.

The book features contributions from current pupils and former John Hampden boys and teachers, as it takes readers on a journey from the High Wycombe-based school’s foundation in 1893 right up to the present day.

Ex-pupil Howard Pountney, 100, met the grandchildren of two of his former teachers - Mr Gardham and Mr McGairy - at Thursday’s book launch.

Charlie Davies, one of the year 13 students who put the book together, said: “It has been a very rewarding project to be a part of; meeting former students and staff has given me a valuable insight into the history of the school and Wycombe.

"We hope that all who were involved will be pleased with the book.”

The project, which the school believe is unique, was supported by the National Lottery Heritage fund, which also helped to set up an archive at the school.

Andy Wright, John Hampden’s assistant headteacher, said: “The boys should be extremely proud of the book; it is an incredibly professional publication as well as being an interesting read.”

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