May Masquerade Ball at Sibford
The May Masquerade Ball takes place on 18th May 2013 and will include a formal dinner, live music and disco plus a charity auction raising funds for Ronald McDonald House.
Tickets are £50 per person/£500 for a table of 10 -
Call Sibford School reception on 01295 781200 for details.
SOSA Magazines available on-line
SOSA Magazines dating back to 1904 are now available in digital form. We will be providing you with the opportunity to view the magazines in decades.
The decades currently available for you to view are the 60's and 70's. To view the magazines click here or go to the SOSA Archives page above.
We will periodically change the decade available to view on-line but if you are particularly interested in a specific year please contact Mike Finch.
Since the appearance of Facebook I have been able to re-establish contact with so many ex-pupils I’ve not seen since leaving 22 years ago. Check out ‘Sibford School in the 80’s’ and ‘Sibford School’ or any other number of pages dedicated to the school on Facebook and you may be surprised at who’s around and may want to get in touch!
I can still remember my parents telling me that I was to spend a Saturday looking around my potential new secondary school. Having to miss football was not the best introduction to Sibford School. And things got even worse when I discovered that, to my horror, pupils had to wear green blazers!
So it was somewhat reluctantly that I started Sibford in September 1985 ... and very quickly came to realise that it wasn’t going to be that bad after all.
The open space, the feeling of independence, the performing arts and the fact the school played football, soon helped transform my feelings.
I was one of the very few day students, but that didn’t stop me getting involved with the many afterschool activities ... a fact that helped to make me feel part of the school’s closeknit community. I made some really good friends during my five years at the school and the life skills I learnt by mixing with students who came from all over the world gave me an education in itself. I was lucky enough to be involved in the National Music Theatre Awards in London’s South Bank, where Sibford performed in the finals for two years running ... experiences that will never be forgotten. Another great memory was spending a week on tour in the USA as part of the school’s first XI football team.
After leaving Sibford I spent a year at Banbury sixth form college before going on to obtain a BTEC National Diploma in Music Industry Studies and then a degree in Piano Tuning Maintenance and Repair. I then spent the next 11 years working and touring various countries as a drummer in a band.
It was after getting married in 2002 that I came to a career crossroads and, after a stint of teacher training, I threw in the towel to become a funeral director at a local family run firm, J&M Humphris in Banbury.
Having lost both my parents by the time I was 30, life seemed to change direction and being given the opportunity and honour of supporting and following the instructions of families in the Banburyshire area has been, and still is, a very rewarding experience.
I live locally in Adderbury with my wife Sophie and daughters Daisy (five) and Lola (two) and was approached to join the SOSA committee a few years ago in an attempt to try and revitalise the Association with some ‘younger’ blood!
I have managed to avoid the Presidency for some time but eventually realised that there was nowhere else to hide and thus accepted the challenge.
In my year as President, I am trying to resurrect some kind of sporting fixture between the school and old scholars ... so if anyone fancies a 'run around' please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!
It seems that there is quite a lot of interest from old scholars who left the school in the 80s and early 90s to get together and it would be fantastic if, in my year as President, we could encourage as many as possible back to the school to meet up to see how much it has changed.
It took me a long time to want to come back to Sibford after leaving but I can honestly say I am now really glad I did.
Above: The view from the Art building
Above: Sibford's new changing rooms
News & Upcoming Events
SOSA Annual Reunion:
15th June 2013
View the latest SOSA Newsletter here:
Newsletter - April 2013
For information on SOSA Members' obituaries please go to our Obituaries page via the link below:
Obituaries Page (updated 22.04.13)
'A view from the Hill'
Mike Finch's history of Sibford school is still available for purchase and a few copies remain, so get your order in soon.
Read an excerpt on our 'News' page and order your copy here - download order form.
Why not Join SOSA and become a Member?
If you are an old scholar, ex-staff, ex school committee etc then you are eligible to join the Sibford Old Scholars' Association. Full details are on the link below. We would be delighted to hear from you.
Invitation to join SOSA
Calling all Old Scholars:
We have a number of members whose addresses are unknown. If you can provide us with up to date contact details for any members on the pdf file available below we would be very grateful
SOSA members - addresses unknown (updated January 2013)
Please email the information to Wendy FInch
The Constitution of Sibford Old Scholars Association is available here as a pdf file.
Please contact Mike Finch if you have any news or articles you feel would be of interest for inclusion on this website.
This site was last updated on 22.04.2013