The John Rayson Award is a memorial to the late John Rayson (1924-2012), who was an Old Abingdonian (1942) and gave a lifetime of service to Abingdon School. He was President of the Old Abingdonian Club and served on the OA Committee for several decades. He was also a School Governor and Chairman of TASS (The Abingdon School Society), the fore-runner of ASPA (Abingdon School Parents’ Association). His two sons also went to Abingdon School, Adrian (OA 1973) and Will (OA 1980).

John Rayson served in the RAF, was seconded to the Army Airborne Division and piloted a troop-carrying glider in Operation Varsity, the successful airborne crossing of the Rhine in March 1945. He then went on to a long career as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor at Henry Cooper and Sons, the country’s oldest QS firm, eventually becoming Senior Partner. He enjoyed classical music, playing the piano and organ, and was an energetic and enthusiastic world traveller throughout his life.

About the Award
The John Rayson Award is awarded each year to a current pupil at Abingdon School to help fund a personal project/experience that embodies the defining characteristics of John Rayson – adventure, courage and resilience coupled with service, loyalty and commitment.

The John Rayson Award carries a value of £250. All current pupils of Abingdon School are eligible to apply.

How and When to Apply
Apply using this Application Form and submit it no later than Wednesday 1 May 2024. The decision of the OA Club Committee will be made and communicated by the end of June 2024.

Award recipients are to provide an indication of how the funds will be spent (see Application Form) and a written and illustrated report of their project/experience, and insights gained, must be submitted to the OA Club Committee within two months of completing their project/experience. Award recipients must provide a breakdown of expenditure when submitting their report. This report may be published in whole or in part in future publicity of the John Rayson Award.

Further Information
Alison Lester, OA Club Officer – [email protected]