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Weʼre raising £500,000 to honour the memory of outstanding former teachers, Denis Tomlin and Phil Holt, by naming two Sixth Form Bursaries after them in perpetuity.

Warwick Road Solihull

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The school community has been shaken by the sudden loss of two of our most respected, loved and long serving former teachers.

Denis Tomlin and Phil Holt between them gave over a century of service and made an enduring contribution to the lives of generations of Silhillians. After retirement, Denis returned as the School Archivist and until very recently, Phil was still covering for absence in the English Department.

To honour their memory, the school has agreed with both families to dedicate two Silhillian Fund Sixth Form bursaries in their names. We hope to provide these in perpetuity so the Denis' and Phil's names become etched in school life forever. The recipients would not only be outstanding scholars and keen to fully engage in the co-curricular life of the school, but also come from a background that would preclude them from benefitting from all we have to offer without financial assistance.

Both men, with great humour, kindness and skill, dedicated their careers to nurturing intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of learning in all of their pupils. Their success and impact is apparent from all the wonderful letters and messages that have been received from around the world. Even though they are no longer with us, their spirit and passion for education can enhance the lives of future generations of Silhillians through these bursaries.

A special designated fund has been created to receive gifts to help establish this life changing scheme in honour of two wonderful men. Gifts can be made via this page, or if you are eligible for gift aid please contact Lucy Lunt Director of Development & Alumni Relations at or if you’d prefer to speak privately with me, I would welcome your call on 0121 703 2898.

We would very much hope that when we come together to celebrate the lives of Denis and Phil at their respective memorial services, we will be able to announce that thanks to the generosity of our community these bursaries have been fully funded forever.

David EJJ Lloyd


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    • Toby Wyles

      Toby Wyles

      Aug 8, 2018


    • Martin Ayers

      Martin Ayers

      Aug 3, 2018

      With many happy memories of Denis and Phil as colleagues.


    • Michael Jameson

      Michael Jameson

      Jul 30, 2018

      In memory of Denis Tomlin an inspirational teacher and fine man who gave so much to the school over so many years


    • Nigel and Alex Heslop

      Nigel and Alex Heslop

      Jul 18, 2018

      In fond memory of Dennis Tomlin a respected and humorous teacher who taught these two generations.



      Jul 17, 2018

      With fond memories of a true friend who served and inspired everyone.

    • Richard Willshire

      Richard Willshire

      Jul 16, 2018

      In memory of two towering figures at Solihull School, Denis an esteemed former colleague and Phil, my best friend.


    • David Morgan

      David Morgan

      Jul 10, 2018

      Wonderful memories of inspirational teaching, that has stayed with me throughout my life. Thank you both.


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    Solihull School

    Solihull School

    Warwick Road Solihull

    In memory of two outstanding former teachers, we plan to establish a pair of Sixth Form Bursaries in their name, in perpetuity. The cost of each bursary will be approximately £13,000 per year at current fee levels.

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