A Royal (Grammar School) Wedding in Worcester!

There was a real buzz around RGS Worcester amongst pupils and staff before half term as the School prepared to host its first ever wedding ceremony. Two former pupils Kate Samways and Jonathan Holme, first met when they were pupils at the neighbouring schools that now make up RGS Worcester’s extensive site on Upper Tything. Kate, attended The Alice Ottley School (1999-06) while over the wall, Jonathan, studied at the Royal Grammar School Worcester (1996-05).


Following an alumni reunion held at the School the couple felt it would make the ideal venue for their special day. From a practical perspective the large campus offered the flexibility they wanted during the day as well as having stunning grounds and an easily accessible central location for their guests. As alumni it also enabled them to relive fond memories during the day alongside old school friends. The School’s motto, ‘Respice et Prospice’ (Cherish the Past and Look to the Future) epitomised the day for Jonathan and Kate.


The wedding day started with a civil ceremony witnessed by friends and family in the spectacular Perrins Hall. The wedding party then moved to the beautiful quadrangle for canapés and drinks followed by a wedding breakfast in Britannia House, all provided by the School’s caterers, Holroyd Howe. Music and dancing, a buffet supper, and a special drinks ‘explosion’ (a cocktail concoction which appears to smoke reminding all present of their days in the Science Labs!), rounded off a wonderful day.


Mr Mike Holme, father of the groom said, “The wedding exceeded all expectations and was totally enjoyable. The venue was fantastic for a wedding and for an education. It provided a great start to educational life for my son and now is the place where I have seen him get married.”


Kate, the bride added, “It was an absolutely brilliant day, and it was amazing to have something personal to share with friends and family. The grounds are spectacular and offer beautiful spaces for photos. So much thought had been put into our day to make it extra special by the staff and we were overwhelmed.”


The Headmaster said, “The School was delighted to receive the request from two former pupils and it seemed entirely appropriate for them to return to RGS Worcester to enjoy their very special day with family and friends. The pupils were excited by the build-up to the event and the staff really rose to the challenge of making every aspect of the day such a success. It went so well that we aim to be able to make the School available as a venue for more weddings in the future. We are delighted that everyone enjoyed the day and we wish Kate and Jonathan every happiness.”