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Ian Metcalfe (1976)


Ian Metcalfe attended KES between 1969 and 1977 (Class of 1976), having first attended Castle Bromwich Infants & Junior Schools, state schools both. Ian was School Captain in 1976/7, Captain of Rugby for the seasons from 1975 to 1977 and Captain of Cricket in 1977. He also played School Basketball. Whilst at KES Ian also represented the English Schools XV, which won all four games to achieve the Grand Slam.

After completing a law degree at St. Catharine's College Cambridge, Ian returned to Birmingham and qualified as a solicitor. After spells at O'Dowd & Co and the Crown Prosecution Service, Ian joined Wragge & Co in 1989, becoming a corporate partner in 1992 and Managing Partner in 2006. After eight years as Managing Partner, Ian retired from Wragges in 2014. On retirement, Ian was appointed Birmingham Chamber of Commerce representative on the Foundation Board of Governors. It is intended that he will also be a Governor of the two KES independent schools.

Outside of work, sport, and rugby in particular, continued to play a major part in Ian's life. As a player he represented: Moseley, captaining the team from 1985 to 1987; North Midlands, the Barbarians; and was an (unused) replacement for England v New Zealand in 1979. He also toured New Zealand with England in 1985.

Why I am supporting the AP100 Campaign

My older brother (Mark) and I were both at a state junior school. Dad was a shift charge engineer at Hams Hall Power Station. He could not have afforded to send us to a fee-paying school, but fortunately we both passed the KES exam at such a level that Solihull LEA funded our fees.

So much of what our extended family has today we owe to the extraordinary education we enjoyed at KES. Mark's daughter, Emma, was at KEHS and our son, James, was at KES from 1998 to 2005. I was fortunate to follow another KES boy, Richard Handley, to St. Catharine's College Cambridge and the combination of KES and St. Catharine's has stood me in great stead throughout my professional career. I came back to Birmingham having finished my education at law school in Chester and have lived and worked in the City all my life. Today we live less than 800 yards from the school! It was a huge privilege for my brother and I, and James and Emma to attend the independent schools. Hence our family's desire to give something back.

Very sadly Mark died suddenly of a heart attack in 2004. This was the catalyst for my resolution to support the AP Scheme, in memory of Mark, and as a tangible way to ensure that a talented boy, whose parents couldn't afford to pay the fees, would enjoy the school and life we enjoyed, regardless of money. Social mobility through education is critical to the future of our city and this country and KES is at the forefront of this movement. I am delighted to help in some small way. I hope that our example will be inspiration to others as we drive forward this appeal to ensure that at least 100 boys can be funded through the school via the Assisted Places Scheme. It's what Mark would have wanted too.