Mugs61 - For all ex-pupils of Up Holland Grammar School

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The site was originally started for pupils who were in the intake that started in 1961, then it was extended to include all pupils who were at Up Holland Grammar. Anyone who attended Up Holland Grammar at any time is welcome to contibute their memories of a great school and a wonderful period in our lives - "the best days of our life"

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Sunday 14/1/2018


Early this morning I received the sad news that my friend Alan Swift had peacefully passed away in his sleep after a long illness. I'm sure that Alan with his cheery and friendly nature will be remembered by many ex-pupils.

In recent years we became good friends organising the 2014 reunion together, helping with the Jubilee celebrations at Winstanley College and representing Up Holland Grammer on the UGS Educational Foundation at  Winstanley College.

I shall miss him greatly.

 - David Robinson

See News and emails page for messages of remembrance.


D. Robinson 26/1/2018 - Yesterday we sadly said goodbye to our good friend Alan "Speedy" Swift at St. Aidans Church, Billinge. It was a mark of how much Alan was thought of by his family, friends, old schoolmates and the people of Billinge that the church was packed to the rafters with people having to stand in the aisles and entrance to the church. Alan loved his family, loved life, was always jovial and helpful to everyone. He will continue to be an inspiration to me and many others. It was a privelege having known you Speedy, God bless.

Yvonne Gore

I recently received sad news that Yonne Gore has passed away. Yvonne was in the 1962 intake at UGS. We had been friends since primary school at Roby Mill.

-  D. Robinson   

Upholland Grammar School Educational Foundation

On Monday 6th November 2017 I attended a meeting at Winstanley College as a trustee of the UGS Education Foundation. This charity gives grants to students from families with limited incomes. Further details are available on the UGS Education Foundation page.  -  D. Robinson

Recently Added to website



A selection of photos have kindly been sent from Diane Thomas who was Gym Mistress 1960 to 1963

You can see these photos on the photos page under the 1960's section




  New entry on school memories page from Reinhard Fritsch, German assistant in the school year 1973/74.

(including photos)

Afternoon Reunion - 18th October 2017

The reunion was held at Gathurst Golf Club and old pupils from a wide range of years met up for a drink, a chat and a look at old school photos and magazines.

Further details on the Reunions page.

School Magazines

I am currently scanning the 1962 school magazine which is quite a big one so may take a while.

There are still a lot of schol magazines to be scanned but it is a slow job. Is anyone interested in scanning a few magazines and then sending me the files to put online. It would help to get new content on the website quicker. If you're interested email me at .





Winstanley College have put up a plaque in honour of H.B. Ellis.

see more on Headmasters page - click here

Up Holland Grammar old pupil - Catherine Ashton

Message from David Robinson - 

Will Barbara Phillips (Webb) who left a comment on the Guestbook on Thursday 9th May 13, please email me at the website as an old friend is trying to contact her.



Details and dates of all headmasters of UpHolland Grammar.

On 9th September Diamond Jubilee Celebrations were held at Winstanley College marking 60 yrs since the building officially opened when Up Holland grammar school moved from it's old premises in Ox House road to the new building in Winstanley road.

During the afternoon school tours were run enabling old pupils to reminisce seeing parts of the college still resembling the way it was, and to marvel at the new buildings and facilities available to the students now attending Winstanley College. In the evening a great 1950's themed show was performed by the present day students.

I would like to thank the college Princial, Louise Tipping, and all her staff for being so friendly and making us welcome and putting up with over 90 old pupils wandering round the college whilst classes were going on. I would especially like to thank the Vice Principal, Mel Chadwick, and Laura Barker for all their help during the time we worked with them organizing the Diamond Jubilee.

Please go to the Diamond Jubilee page to see photos from the afternoon school tours and the evening show.

Click HERE to go to Diamond Jubilee page




 A short history of Up Holland Grammar courtesy of Dr Alan Miller.

David and Phil Reunited




Latest news and emails from old pupils.

H. B. Ellis, George Lythgoe and "Reg" Kilner

Teachers -


Photos and memories of our old teachers

Reunion 2014




Photos from the 2014, 2010 and 2005 reunions

Domestic Science Class

Photos -


A Collection of School related photos from the early 1900's through to the 1970's.

David and two Steves at Butlins


School Memories -


Old pupils share their school related memories.

School Photo

School Photos -


the official school photos from 1965, 1969 and 1974

Photo from 62 Magazine


School Magazines -


A collection of photos and articles from school magazines.

1909 Prize giving



Misc. Documents


A collection of school related documents - sports and speech day programmes, exam papers, memorials etc.



Prefects and Prizes


Photos and details of Prefects and Prizes from Speech Days



UGS War Memorial


List of pupils who died in 1st and 2nd World Wars and pdf copy of Memorial Book

UGS Educational Foundation


Charity providing financial help to students of families of limited means.