Notable Alumni

Every member of the Alumni is important.  Here is a list of Alumni members that you may know and the careers they have gone into.

If you know of others, then please contact me

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MedicalChemistry, Sport, Music and Theatre, Industry, Journalism, Designers, Finance, Computers, Community, Animals, Artists  Education and Languages


Arnold Beckett - Pharmacist, academic, and expert on doping in sport

Eric Bateson – World renowned Medical Radiologist

Alastair J Sloan - Head of School and Professor of Tissue Engineering, Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne.

Dr. Martin John Calverley PHD - Developed the World leading treatment for psoriasis, Calcipiterol

Andrew Wardley - Consultant and Medical Director at Christie Research Centre. Breast cancer specialist

Jason da Costa - Chief Information Officer of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS trust, based in Blackpool

Rachel Thomas - Transplant surgeon at Scottish Liver Transplant Unit, Edinburgh

Prof Stuart Forbes, - Hepatologst responsible for some of the most innovative cell research in University of Edinburgh. 

Prof David Caton Flenley - professor of respiratory medicine in the University of Edinburgh


Michael Barnett – renowned Theoretical Chemist and Computer Scientist

Dr Michael Aldersley, BA, MA. PhD - Inventor of the three-dimensional Periodic Table. School of Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY.

R F Cookson - Industrial Chemist developer of Alfentanol, an analgesic used in anaesthetics


Daniel Whiston – Champion Ice Skater and Choreographer

Stuart Widdall – Professional ice dancer

Graham Kelly – Former Chief Executive of the Football Association

Mandy Hill - footballer played for Blackpool FC

Natasha Fenton – Footballer, plays for Blackburn Rovers

Richard Gleeson – Cricketer, played for Lancashire

Carole Hodges – England and Lancashire Cricketer

David Durie – footballer, Blackpool FC

Lucinda Whittaker (nee Hughes) - UK Indoor Climbing Champion in 2002 and UK Bouldering Champion in 2002/03

Music and Theatre

Ian Stewart Donaldson – singer of rock band Skrewdriver. also co-founded far right rock band Blood and Honour.  did the cover music for the film "The invisible Empire". 

Sean McKay, Phil Walmsley, and John Grinton - members of the band Skrewdriver with Ian Stewart Donaldson

Barry Mason – songwriter (wrote Delilah, Last Waltz)

Richard Darbourne – London and Nationwide Theatre Producer

Joe-Warren Plant – Actor, plays Jacob Gallagher on Emmerdale

Jeff Smith - Head of Music at BBC Radio 2 and 6 and Mercury Prize Judge. One of the most influential people in the UK music industry.

Tim Reed – General Manager for shows like Chicago and Love Never Dies

Andrew Reed – Stage Manager Chichester Festival

Duncan Baxter - Former lead singer in a band called The Shining, which included two former members of slightly more successful band The Verve.  one of their songs was the Danger

Bev Alty - Singer - Songwriter in the 60s - 80s.  Wrote 'The Three young sons of Naylor'

Jordan Shuck – works for ITV Studios in factual entertainment


John Rishton – Former head of for the US Division of British Airways, Chief Executive of Rolls Royce PLC

Don Sidebottom MBE - One of the first manufactures to use fibreglass and built Glasdons Ltd as well as Glastec Ltd.

Ben Smith – Co-founder of the bicycle security brand called Hiplok. Their products are sold worldwide and you'll find them in all leading UK cycling shops


Clive Couldwell – Author and Journalist, former editor of Which Computer?, Group Editor AV magazine


Frank Strachan - Top designer working with a number of pop stars from Kylie to Louise to the Saturdays

Harold Ellis Tomlinson – former pupil and teacher. Heraldist. He designed the school coat of arms and motto also many town coat of arms in UK, Australia and South Africa. One of his mottos was for the town of Spennymoor – Spe Nemo Ruet – a pun on the town name. Other coats of arms included the Welsh FA


Mark Ashton-Rigby - Group Chief Operating Officer, Barclays Bank

John Newman - currently Global Head of Macro Options and FX Trading at Swiss investment bank UBS.

John Rishton - Financial Officer BA


David Astall (teacher) – Developer of Glue Computer Programming language


David Wilmott - Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police 1991 - 2002

Albert Laugharne - Deputy Commissioner of the Met 1983 - 1985, Chief Constable of Lancashire 1978 -1983, Chief Constable of Warwickshire 1976 -1978

Graham Essex-Crosby (Governor) – Former Director of Finance later the Chief Exec of the Blackpool Unitary Authority.

Paul Williams - Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire; C.B.E.; Former Director and Chief Executive of a British Research Council; Fellow of the Institute of Physics; Holder of the Glazebrook Prize, premier award of the Institute of Physics

Eddie Thistlethwaite OBE – Form Detective Superintendent Police. He devised The Tower Project, the forerunner of all national drug treatment schemes.

His Honour Judge Timothy John Spencer QC – Circuit Judge Midland Circuit, based at Nottingham Crown Court


Professor Stuart Reynolds – Tutor University of Bath, major worldwide research into insects

Professor Emeritus Keith L Thoday BVetMed, PhD, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS - established and developed the first private veterinary dermatology referral service in Europe. Founding member of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group.


Kenneth D Shoesmith – Maritime artist and artist of London Transport posters. Designer of the Madonna of the Seas on Queen Mary


Neil Smith - Headteacher Cheadle Hulme School


David H Walker - Emiritus Professor of French

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