Aubrey Scrase. A Celebration of a Great Reigatian

In 1955 a new teacher arrived at Reigate Grammar School to teach Latin and Classics. This young man was Mr Aubrey Scrase, later to be known as “Aubs”, and who would go on to represent the core ethos of RGS.

Aubs was truly dedicated to RGS and his loyalty and commitment to the school was undeterred throughout his 40 years of teaching. However, Aubs was not your average teacher. He had a unique style, instilled enthusiasm in those he taught and was loved and respected almost universally by pupils and teachers alike. He was involved in rugby, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, Scouts, led trips to the opera, theatre and ballet and also arranged school cruises. His devotion to RGS knew no bounds but most importantly, he was a mentor for many students. He instinctively looked out for all, particularly those who needed extra guidance or care and gave so much of his time ensuring children were given opportunities to make the most out of education and life. He listened.

In 1995 and after 40 years of teaching Aubs retired, but continued to have lunch at the school every day until his 90th birthday. He was a huge part of RGS life, many would say, he was ‘RGS’. Aubs sadly passed away shortly after turning 90. He inspired generations of students and many continue to have huge affection for him.

“His greatest attribute was an ability to treat children as adults but to care for them and understand them as children at the same time. This is a very rare skill. It allowed children to trust him as someone who respected them, and they respected him in return.”

After much discussion with his brother Leslie and the rest of his family, we will be holding an Aubs’ Day – A Celebration of a Great Reigatian on SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2016 at RGS, more details to follow.

Following discussions with the Scrase family, and many ORs, RGS now looks to honour and remember this fine Reigatian. As a keen supporter of the work of the Foundation, we have therefore established a Fund in his name, to support disadvantaged children from the local area. To be known as ‘Aubs Scholars’, these children will receive a transformational opportunity through an RGS bursary. Furthermore, for someone who gave so much to enrich the extra-curricular life of children, your support will also go towards the Opportunities Fund that enables children from modest backgrounds to go on school trips and other activities.

We will soon be launching the Aubrey Scrase Scholarship Fund. Aubs left a significant footprint and path for others to follow.

“Aubs’s devotion to RGS and its pupils over so many years and generations is, quite frankly, remarkable and probably unique. As someone who benefited greatly from my time at the school and the considerable contribution you made.”

“I still have great memories of your enthusiastic Latin lessons and planning the DofE expeditions. Your dedication to the school over so many years is remarkable. I am sure this has helped to instil a love of the outdoors and a “can do” attitude in numerous pupils over the years. Thank you for being such an inspirational teacher!”