Throughout the history of the School our pupils have gone on to achieve a great deal. Here are some of the more well-known ones:
Simon Pegg – yes the film star and writer was once a pupil in our nursery before moving to other schools in Gloucester and we'd like to think that it was while with us he first discovered a theatrical talent!
Jordi Pasqualin – 2001-08
Jordi is a highly accomplished sportsman who currently plays for Newcastle Falcons Rugby Club having played at county and national level while at the School.
Richard Davenport – leaver 2004
Richard is an accomplished athlete who has competed for Great Britain on the international stage. He has been out of competition due to injury recently but is aiming to get back to full competitive fitness in the 400m hurdles.
Philip Allison – leaver 1994
Philip is classed as a rising star of the financial world and is currently Global Head of Cash for UBS having started at UBS straight from graduating Cambridge University.
Edward Gardner – leaver 1988
Edward is a former chorister who received his initial music education at the school before leaving choral duties and continuing his education at Eton. Edward is now a renowned conductor, working with the English National Opera and became the youngest conductor of the Last Night of the Proms in 2011.
Stuart Boreham – leaver 1984
Stuart has cerebral palsy but an introduction to dinghy sailing while at school inspired him to many adventures including taking part in the round the world yacht race.
Gavin Thurston – 1971-81
Gavin is a former chorister who was inspired to take up film and photography by his art teacher Mr Masters. Gavin is now a highly respected cameraman who has worked on a number of global natural history TV programmes such as Frozen Planet, Life in Cold Blood and The Blue Planet.
Peter Lodder QC – 1973
Peter is a past Chairman of the Bar Council for England and Wales. He is leading barrister in the fields of complex fraud and serious crime for many years.
Michael Harris – 1963-72
Michael is the Master of Music at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh having received his earliest musical education as a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral.
Tom Bayliss QC – 1965-1972
Tom is a specialist criminal practitioner (particularly serious fraud, health & safety prosecutions, homicide and terrorism) and is regularly instructed in serious and high profile criminal cases in the Crown Court and the Central Criminal Court. He is listed as a leading criminal silk in Chambers UK (2011) and recommended for complex fraud and white-collar crime in the Legal 500 (2011).
Andy Johns – 1964-1966
Andy Johns is a record engineer and producer whose career has spanned more than thirty years, and involved engineering or producing records by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Rod Stewart, with sales total in excess of 160 million copies. Full name Jeremy Andrew Johns, Andy sadly passed away in April 2013.
Dr Richard Shephard MBE – 1958-1966 Richard is a former chorister who has written operas, operettas, musicals, orchestral works, music for television, and chamber music but is perhaps best known for his choral works which are sung extensively around the world today, especially in churches and cathedrals in England and America. His compositions are frequently broadcast in the United Kingdom.
Nader Sultan – leaver 1966
Mr Sultan is had an extensive career in the energy industry. He is currently a Senior Partner in the company F&N Consultancy, which specializes in high level strategic advice related to the energy industry. He has previously been Chief Executive Officer of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and President of Kuwait Petroleum International Limited. Among many positions he still holds he is currently the Director of the Oxford Energy Seminar.
Paul Morgan – leaver 1965 (approx)
As co-founder of Ilmor Engineering with Mario Illien, Paul helped to make engines for American Indy 500 cars before moving into Formula One with Mercedes. This association saw them win a constructors' championship in 1998; in the same year, and the next, Mika Hakkinen won the drivers' championship in an Ilmor-powered McLaren Mercedes. Paul sadly died in May 2001.
Professor Dr Bernard Wood – leaver 1962
Dr Wood is a medically qualified paleoanthropologist who practiced as a surgeon before moving into full-time academic life in 1972. He is presently the GW University Professor of Human Origins and Professor of Human Evolutionary Anatomy at The George Washington University and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution. He is also Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Evolutionary History at George Washington University.
Terry Biddlecombe - 1950-1957
Terry was an English National Hunt racing jockey in the 1960s and 1970s. He was Champion Jockey in 1965, 1966 and 1969.
Frederick William Harvey
FW Harvey was an English poet, broadcaster and solicitor whose poetry became popular and well known during, and after the First World War. He died in 1957.
Ivor Gurney was an English composer and poet. He sang as a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral, from 1900 to 1906 and began composing music at the age of 14 subsequently winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in 1911. He died in 1937.
Sir Herbert Isambard Owen
Sir Herbert Owen was a University academic who was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol and was a major figure in the creation of the University of Wales where he was its Deputy Chancellor from its creation in 1894 until 1910. He died in 1927.
Charles Prytherch Lewis
Charles Lewis played international rugby for Wales and was a founding member of the Welsh Rugby Union. He captained Wales to their first ever international win, against Ireland, in 1882 and went on to be captain in the first Home Nations tournament (now the Six Nations). He died in 1923
John Stafford Smith
John Stafford Smith was a British composer, church organist, and early musicologist. He was one of the first serious collectors of manuscripts of works by Johann Sebastian Bach. He is best known for writing the music for "The Anacreontic Song", which became the tune for the American patriotic song The Star-Spangled Banner following the War of 1812, and in 1931 was adopted as the national anthem of the United States of America. He died in 1836.
Button Gwinnett was an English-born American political leader who, as a representative of Georgia to the Continental Congress, was the second of the signatories (first signature on the left) on the United States Declaration of Independence. He died in 1777.
William Hayes was an English composer, organist, singer and conductor. He trained at Gloucester Cathedral and spent the early part of his working life as organist of St Mary’s, Shrewsbury (1729) and Worcester Cathedral (1731). He died in 1777