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Notable Old Bradfordians

We are always keen to hear what our former pupils have achieved, and it is extremely satisfying to know that many of our Old Bradfordians have become very successful in their chosen career paths.

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We would be delighted to hear from you, so please do contact us with your success stories or get in touch to register your details.

Here are some of our notable Old Bradfordians and their successes. We are sure that you’ll recognise a few names.

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Name Notable success/es
Abby-Mae Parkinson Team GB cyclist
Abraham Sharp Mathematician and scientific instrument maker
Adrian Moorhouse MBE Olympic, Commonwealth and European Champion (Swimming)
Alastair Campbell British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author
Albert Rutherston Painter and illustrator
Alistair Brownlee MBE Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European Champion Triathlon
Andrew Jones Member of Parliament: Harrogate and Knaresborough
Arthur Raistrick Civil engineer, industrial archaeologist and pacifist
Ashley Metcalfe Yorkshire Cricket
Baron Bullock of Leafield Historian
Benson Taylor Film composer
C J Cutcliffe-Hyne Novelist
Charles Fairburn Railway engineer
Charles Wilson Physicist
Charlie Hodgson British Lions and England Rugby Union
Colin Lawson Musician and Director at the Royal College of Music
Dan Scarbrough England Rugby Union
David Hartley Philosopher and physician
David Hockney OM CH RA Artist
Deborah Sides Cycling Performance Analyst (Team GB)
Dylan Wilk Humanitarian and entrepreneur
Enzo Cilenti Actor and producer
Frederick Delius Composer
Geoffrey Barraclough Historian
Georgie Henley British actress
H L A Hart Legal philosopher
Harry McEvoy Breakfast cereal manufacturer
Henry Snowden Ward  Photographer and author
Hudson Shaw Historian and orator
Humbert Wolfe Poet and civil servant
Jacob Rowan England U20 Rugby Union
James Scott Writer
John Hollingworth Actor and playwright
John Lawrence Hammond Historian and journalist
John Mann Member of Parliament: Bassetlaw
John Rawlings Rees Psychiatrist
John William Whittaker Clergyman
Jonathan Silver Entrepreneur and art gallery owner
Jonny Brownlee World Sprint Champion, Olympic Silver and Bronze medallist, Commonwealth Silver medallist Triathlon
Kenneth Garside Academic librarian and military intelligence officer
Malcolm Laycock Radio broadcaster
Michael Jack PC Politician
Michael Wharton Columnist “Peter Simple”
Nick Toczek Writer and performer
Paul Slack FBA Historian
Professor Boris Rankov Professor of Roman History at Royal Holloway, University of London and 6-time Boat Race winner with Oxford
Professor John Bainbridge Webster FRSE Chair of Divinity at the University of St Andrews
Reginald Grange Brundrit Artist
Richard Eurich Painter
Richard Hawley Actor
Richard Nerurkar Marathon and 10,000 metres runner
Bob Hardy Musician
Roger Mosey Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Ronald Illingworth Paediatrician
Rt Rev Alan Smithson Bishop of Jarrow
Rt Revd John Sharp Archbishop of York
Sian Morgan Wales Swimming
Sir Charles Harris Civil servant
Sir David Wootton Former Lord Mayor of London and current member of the Bradford Grammar School Governing Body
Sir Frank Watson Dyson Astronomer Royal
Sir Henry Clay Economist and warden of Nuffield College, Oxford
Sir James Clarke Holt Historian
Sir Ken Morrison CBE Executive Chairman of Morrisons Supermarkets
Sir Roger Tomkys KCMG Retired British diplomat, and former Master of Pembroke College, at the University Cambridge
Sir Mortimer Wheeler Archaeologist and broadcaster
Sir William Rothenstein Artist
The Lord Healey CH MBE PC FRSL Secretary of State for Defence 1964 – 1970
Chancellor of the Exchequer 1974 – 79
Vivian Nutton Classicist and medical historian
William Binnie Civil engineer
William Henry Walsh Philosopher

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Whether you are still in Yorkshire, you have recently moved to a new area or you would like to reconnect with old classmates, there are Old Bradfordians’ groups all over the world.


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