Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

Notable Alumni

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:

Steve has recently returned from playing Hockey for Wales in his second Commonwealth Games. Having left King's in 2010, Steve studied at Oxford Brookes University and is now a teacher at Dulwich College. Since making his debut for the Senior side, Steve has also competed at four European Championships as well as winning national honours in 2019 whilst playing for Hampstead and Westminster Hockey Club.

Dr Samantha Organ is a practicing Chartered Surveyor and university academic. She won the national RICS Matrics Young Building Surveyor of the Year in 2020. Samantha has been a finalist for a number of awards including the 2019 Women of the Future Awards which recognises the rising stars in the profession. She has been involved with and led a range of research projects primarily focusing on areas of energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. Samantha sits on a number of boards and committees, representing, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of surveyors.

Lucy is Senior Development Engineer at Renishaw and regularly appears on lists of the UK's Top Women Engineers. She has worked on metal additive manufacturing research and is a leader on Renishaw's STEM outreach programme.

Kerensa is an award-winning composer based in London. Her music has been performed internationally it has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and BBC Radio Scotland. Kerensa is a winner of the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Award 2014 and the 'Passiontide at Merton’ Composition Competition 2017. She was also a finalist in the New Music for St Paul's Composition Competition 2019.

Jess is an award-winning entrepreneur and farmer who founded Jess’s Ladies Organic Farm Milk.  The company, that she runs alongside her dad Mike and sister Sophie - also King’s School Alumni has won the Guardian and Observer Food Awards, as well as over 80 Great Taste Award Gold Medals.

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 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 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.

Hamish was an entrepreneur, pilot and adventurer who held three Guinness World Records before his untimely death, aged 58. 

His World Records included the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth in an aeroplane via both geographic poles, and for the greatest length and the greatest time spent at full ocean depth in a submarine, at the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.

Hamish was a member, and on the board of trustees of The Explorers Club, of whose Middle East chapter, he was chairman.

In 2022 Hamish was one of four recipients of the third annual European Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

Hamish played a key part in Project Cheetah, an initiative to reintroduce cheetahs back into India; arranging the transport of the eight wild cheetahs from Namibia to India.

In 2022 Hamish became the first Briton and first ever former student of King's to fly into space aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.

Hamish sadly passed away in 2023, on board the Titan submersible which imploded on a descent to view the wreck of the Titanic beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

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.

John was very active in sport while at the School and left King's to study law at Bristol. He played top level rugby as an amateur spending the majority of his playing career at Kingsholm, making nearly 300 appearances for the Cherry and Whites. It was rugby that became his career however. He was appointed assistant coach to Philippe Saint-Andre before becoming Worcester's director of rugby, where he achieved promotion to the Premiership. Brain went on to have a spell as forwards coach at Bristol, before returning to Gloucester as a scout and then operations manager. He died in 2012.

Yes the film star and writer was once a pupil in our Junior School 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!

Jackie is one of the first girls to join our Senior School, Jackie has had a stellar career in scientific research.  She is currently Director of the UK Bio-Industry Association, a member of the Technology Advisory Board at British Petroleum and a Board Director of Benevolent AI Ltd, which works on drug discovery and advanced Predictive Chemistry.

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 is the Master of Music at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh having received his earliest musical education as a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral.

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).

The BBC Breakfast presenter, like Simon Pegg, spent some of his early years in our Junior School before moving to other schools in Gloucestershire.

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.

Richard was 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.

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.

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.

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 was an English National Hunt racing jockey in the 1960s and 1970s. He was Champion Jockey in 1965, 1966 and 1969. He died in 2014.

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 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 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

Sir Samuel White Baker was a British explorer. He also held the titles of Pasha and Major-General in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. He served as the Governor-General of the Equatorial Nile Basin (today's South Sudan and Northern Uganda) between Apr. 1869 - Aug. 1873, which he established as the Province of Equatoria. He is mostly remembered as the discoverer of Lake Albert, as an explorer of the Nile and interior of central Africa, and for his exploits as a big game hunter in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Baker wrote a considerable number of books and published articles. He attended the College school (as it was known) from 1834-1836. He died in 1893.

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.

The Sunday School founder who took over from his father at the Gloucester Journal (now the Gloucester Citizen) came to King's at the age of 15 (1750) after having been educated at Crypt School. He died in 1811.

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. He is considered to have been educated at King's (known as the College School) along with his brothers although records of his education do not exist

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