Prolific author John Moore was a pupil at the Elms. He went on to write ‘Portrait of Elmbury’ (pub 1945) and in Part Two, Background to Boyhood he describes his time at the school with some lovely stories. He was described by Sir Compton Mackenzie as the most talented writer about the countryside of his generation.
“Shortly after this I was sent to school, underwent certain metamorphoses, and was transformed from a pampered and coddled brat into an extremely tough little ruffian. This was largely due to the glorious prep school, a gracious Georgian house in its own grounds about ten miles from Elmbury, where I learned to tickle trout and to read Virgil; to swim a length under water and to enjoy English history; all about catapults and a little about Attic Greek’
(Portrait of Elmbury by John Moore 1945, p. 49)