Available books


The first two books listed here were published by the Old Maidstonian Society. The MGS CCF published its own history. The remainder are out of print historical works of which the archive had a few spare copies available: if interested please enquire.

WAC: Trials and Triumphs of a Grammar School Headmaster


A history of Maidstone Grammar School from 1925 to 1941 through the final report of Headmaster Alfred John Woolgar, MA, and from 1942 to 1966 in the Speech Day Reports of Headmaster William Arthur Claydon, CBE, MA

The book was researched and compiled by James Clinch (OM 1936-46, staff 1974-91)

For a review see Review of WAC.

ISBN-10: 0-9552145-0-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-9552145-0-9

Gaudeamus: An account of Music at Maidstone Grammar School

Published in 1997, this book is the definitive history of music at the school from the early 1900s with a prelude by Michael Tillet (OM 1932-29) and postlude by David Leeke (staff 1989-2000, OM Society President 2012-13).

The book was researched and compiled by James Clinch (OM 1936-46, staff 1974-91)

ISBN-10: 0-9530861-0-0

A history of Maidstone Grammar School Combined Cadet Force

This was published by the MGS CCF in 2006 to commemorate its centenary. It was compiled and written by Diana and John Caley. It does not bear an ISBN number.

MGS 1549 to 1965 – A Record

MGS 1549 to 1965_lrThere are a limited number of hard-back versions of this publication, which is a revised and enlarged version of G.B.Philips’s short history of the School produced in 1949, the quartercentenary year. G B Philips undertook the task in his retirement and the work was completed by N W Newcombe. The foreword was written by R R Rylands and notes that the publication, originally produced in 1965, also brings to an end the era of WA Claydon. (Please note that most have some sort of marking on the covers, and although in good condition, are not perfect.)


Mr R O Capon, Head of Art 1973-1988

Posted on October 1st, 2013

The School Archivist requires photographs of the above to improve the collection of photos of recent staff. If anyone can help please contact Tony Webb, school archivist, tony.webb@mgs-kent.org.uk