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John Grenfell-Shaw, OB 2004–2011

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our former pupils, John Grenfell-Shaw.

John attended Bristol Grammar School from 2004–2011 and was a member of Scott’s House. He was an exceptionally talented student and studied Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Russian at ‘A’ level. John had a brilliant, enquiring mind, taking every opportunity that school could afford him. He then moved to Cambridge University to study Maths. John continued at Trinity College Cambridge where he was a PhD student in the Maths Department.  

He was always looking to challenge himself physically as well as academically and early efforts in schools’ orienteering competitions brought him much enjoyment and success. Once at Cambridge John enjoyed rowing, as well as being a successful member of Cambridge University Cycling Club. 

John was a regular visitor to Bristol Grammar School, returning to advise current pupils thinking of studying Maths at University and sharing his experiences of applying to and studying at Cambridge. We will always be grateful to him for the impact he had on the life of the School and our students, even after leaving BGS.  

John will be greatly missed by his younger brother, Luke, and his parents, Jennifer and Mark, as well as his many friends in the Old Bristolians community. 

Our thoughts are with all the Grenfell-Shaw family and John’s friends at this sad time. 

His family have told us that all who knew John are welcome to attend his funeral in Bristol or memorial service in Cambridge. If you would like details of either of these events, they are available from the School.