Bickley Park School says goodbye to last of five brothers
PUBLISHED: 12:10 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:23 01 August 2013
Eleven years ago, we reported a first for Bickley Park School - five brothers attending as pupils at the same time.
The last of them, Robert, has just left the independent prep school in Page Heath Lane, Bickley, and the boys’ mum, Karen Perry, could not be more proud of her brood as 13-year-old Robert prepares to start at Sevenoaks School.
She said: “It’s been quite a decade since we were featured in your newspaper and the boys have gone onto great things.
To complete the family feeling, Karen’s dad Mike Davis used to be a design and technology teacher at the school and taught two of his grandsons – Sam, now 22, and 21-year-old Tim.
Completing the pack are James, 17, and Nick, 16. Despite their granddad’s presence at the school, Karen is sure they did not receive any preferential treatment.
“If anything, they had to be more attentive in class because they weren’t sure what to call him – Mr Davis, Sir or granddad.
“Bickley Park has been a great grounding for the boys. It’s so unusual for five siblings to attend at the same time because it’s an all-boys school.”
The oldest son, 22-year-old Sam, has just returned from a gap year during which he visited 21 countries, travelling around south-east Asia, taking in New York and Canada and skiiing in Europe among other adventures. He graduated from Nottingham University last summer with a degree in mechanical engineering and he will be starting the Ernst and Young graduate scheme in September.
Tim, 21, has just graduated with first-class honours in biology from Bristol University. He is not quite sure what he is going to do with his degree yet, but he is off on a gap year like his older brother before coming back to look for a job.
James, 17, is awaiting A-level results from Sevenoaks School. He will be going to Cambridge University to study Russian and Spanish. He has always been enthusiastic about languages and first started studying Spanish at Bickley. He also spent six weeks in Russia last year.
Nick, 16, is awaiting his GCSE results from Sevenoaks School. He has been predicted to obtain good grades and Karen thinks he will be a candidate for Oxbridge.
Robert, 13, left Bickley Park at the end of this school year. He has earned a scholarship at Sevenoaks School, the secondary school that all his brothers have attended.