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The Elizabethan Society allows you to stay connected to QEH, and to each other, wherever you are in the world now. As alumni of QEH you are part of a network bound together by our shared school connection and our collective experiences. 

Through the society, you can reunite with old friends, relive your youth, network with former students, discover what is happening at QEH today, or give back to the school by donating or mentoring.

Sign up today to our online platform OE Connect to make the most of your alumni benefits! 


The Elizabethan Society Team:

Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator

James Bailey is the Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator. He attended QEH between 2003-10. His proudest school moments were winning the Year 8 Long Jump at Sports Day and becoming the first non-boarding Captain of Boarders. He also claims to be the record goal scorer in The Yard, although this fact can't be substantiated.  

In the intervening years he has interviewed George Clooney, carried the Olympic Torch, ran the London Marathon, travelled around the globe, made a speech at the House of Commons, overcome a deadly heart syndrome, lived in Barcelona for a year, lived in a hotel for two years and declared in person his undying love for David Beckham.

Now he hopes to help The Elizabethan Society flourish in its new guise and increase networking and mentoring opportunities in the society. 



Elizabethan Society Volunteer 

 He attended QEH between 1956 and 1961. His school career was fairly uneventful and after finishing his O Levels he left school to work for the Westminster Bank, for about 5 years.

Finding banking a little quiet for his liking he left to go into the advertising and marketing business working in both the agency and the client side. After a number of years he became the Media Director of a major group of regional advertising and PR agencies.

He is married to Liz, PA to the Headmaster, and they have a family of five children: three boys who attended QEH and two daughters who went to Red Maids’.

He is now retired but keeping fairly active, volunteering for the Elizabethan Society, St. Peter’s Hospice, Bristol, helping people with their PCs and singing in a couple of choirs. He is also an avid supporter of the Old Elizabethans’ Rugby Football Club who, in 2020, moved up to the Gloucester Premier League.



Steve Ryan taught history at QEH from 1973 to 2013. Beginning as an assistant teacher of History, he took roles as Housemaster of Carr’s, form Tutor, Head of Sixth Form, Head of Boarding (15 years), Senior Master, and Deputy Head combined with Development Director. He retired from teaching in September 2013 and continues to support the Development Office in a voluntary capacity as School Archivist.

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