Notable Alumni

Former pupils of The King's School can be found at the very top of many industry sectors and careers, from the arts to journalism, science to sport, and the media to the military. Below are some of those individuals who have gone on to achieve great things. 

Sir Stephen Holgate CBE (1964)

Professor Holgate is the Medical Research Council Clinical professor of immunopharmacology and honorary consultant physician within medicine at the University of Southampton. Appointed CBE for his contributions to Clinical Science and knighted for his medical research on allergies and disease.

Ian Taylor (1974)

The late Ian Taylor was a British businessman and philanthropist who was chairman and CEO of The Vitol Group, the world's largest independent energy trader. He was also the majority shareholder in Harris Tweed Hebrides which he helped to rescue in 2005

Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd (1985)

Fleet Commander of the Royal Navy and Former Captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Stanley Chow (1992)

Internationally Acclaimed Illustrator & Artist.

Sir Eric Malcolm Jones (1923)

Former Head of Hut 3 at Bletchley Park and Director of GCHQ.

Alex Clarke (2018)

Winner of the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards 2019.

Guy Laurence (1979)

Chief Executive Officer of Chelsea Football Club. Former Chief Executive of Vodafone UK.

Martin Stevens OBE (1981)

Chair of Disability Rights UK.

Rebecca Sugden (2009)

First University Research Fellow to Win All Four Major International Language Research Prizes.

Oliver Holt (1984)

Multi award-winning sports journalist, writing for The Mail on Sunday and The Daily Mail.

Omer Karim (1977)

Urology Consultant
One of the UK's First and Most Experienced Robotic Surgeons.

Andy Bird (1982)

Former Chairman of Walt Disney International.  

Guy Longworth (1985)

Chief Marketing Officer, Farmer's Business Network & Former Senior Vice-President of Sony Playstation.

Helen Marten (2004)

Artist and Turner Prize Winner. 

Ian Curtis (1972)

English musician, singer, and songwriter. He was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist of Joy Division.

Peter Aiers OBE (1992)


Master and Chief Executive Officer at The Charterhouse in London. Peter has a distinguished record of leadership in a career dedicated to charitable activity and public service.  

Carrie Green (2003)

Founder of The Female Entrepreneur Association. 

Guy Ryder (1974)

Director General of the International Labour Organisation. 

Christian Blackshaw (1965)

Classical Pianist.

Robert Longden (1969)

British Composer, Director and Film, Stage & Television Actor. 

  • Sir Peter Ellwood (1961) Former CEO of Lloyds TSB Group
  • Tom Margerison (1939) Founder of New Scientist, Sunday Times Journalist & BBC Broadcaster
  • Peter Moores (1981) Head Coach of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Coach & Former England National Team's Head Coach
  • Steve Smith (1968) Former Sale, England & British Lions Scrumhalf & Co-founder of Cotton Traders
  • Richard Pool-Jones (1985) Head Coach of Stade Français
  • Stephen Morris (1973) Member of Joy Division & New Order
  • Tommy Taylor (2010) Rugby Union Player for Wasps RFC in the Aviva Premiership
  • Simon Cohen (1975) CEO Leicester Tigers
  • Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith (1961) Politician
  • John Brewin (1994) Football writer for ESPNFC/Soccernet
  • Oliver Holt (1984) English Sports Journalist for The Mail on Sunday
  • Reverend Thomas Taylor (1874) English priest, historian & scholar
  • Max Thompson (2018) Footballer, Burnley Football Club 
  • Jos Baxendell - Former Rugby Union Player & Coach, Sale Sharks & England