Prep school pupils put thinking caps on to trace Old Silhillian - The Solihull Observer

Prep school pupils put thinking caps on to trace Old Silhillian

Solihull Editorial 9th Dec, 2020   0

TWO Solihull Prep School children have reunited a former pupil with his school cap – almost 45 years after he last wore it!

Joseph and Jessie Bell, who attend the co-educational independent day school on Brueton Avenue, were given the Solihull School cap by their Grandmother, Nora Bastock who found it in a box of curios at her antique shop, London House Past and Presents, in Shipston on Stour.

“A customer noticed the Solihull School cap in one of our displays and mentioned it to me as they knew my grandchildren had recently joined the Prep School,” said Nora.

“On further inspection we realised it was a Jago House cap and we found a name written inside, Alun Rees.




“I got in touch with my grandchildren and they took the cap and a letter in to the Head of the Prep School, Mr Penney.”

On hearing this, Mr Penney was keen to return the cap to Mr Rees and set the school archivist off on a mission to track him down.


The clues took the school to north east Scotland, to Aberdeen, and a telephone conversation later and the cap was packaged and posted.

Old Silhillian Alun, who attended Solihull School on Warwick Road from 1969 to 1976, said: “I have fond memories of school and am delighted to have my Jago cap back.

“I do remember, there were dire consequences if you went to school without it!

“It’s so lovely that Joseph and Jessie went to so much trouble, I’ve written a letter to thank them.”

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