Maidstone Grammar School
Maidstone Grammar School (MGS) is a grammar school
Grammar school
A grammar school is one of several different types of school in the history of education in the United Kingdom and some other English-speaking countries, originally a school teaching classical languages but more recently an academically-oriented secondary school.The original purpose of mediaeval...

 located in Maidstone
Maidstone is the county town of Kent, England, south-east of London. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town linking Maidstone to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. Historically, the river was a source and route for much of the town's trade. Maidstone was the centre of the agricultural...

, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

. It was founded in 1549.


The school takes boys at the age of 11 and over by examination and boys and girls at 16+ on their GCSE results. The school currently has almost 1200 students and approximately 120 members of staff. The school holds both a Language College award and a Healthy School award. It is situated just off Loose Road (A229
A229 road
The A229 is a major road running north-south through Kent.The road begins in the Medway town of Rochester at the foot of Star Hill forming a junction with the A2 road. It then climbs up through the built-up area of Chatham, passing Troy Town and Rochester Airport before descending the slope of the...

), west of Mote Park
Mote Park
Mote Park is a 180 hectare multi-use public park in Maidstone, Kent. Previously a country estate it was converted to landscaped park land at the end of the 18th century before becoming a municipal park. It includes the former stately home Mote House together with a miniature railway, pitch and putt...

 and the Mote Park Leisure Centre.


The main school building is around a Tudor-style
Tudor period
The Tudor period usually refers to the period between 1485 and 1603, specifically in relation to the history of England. This coincides with the rule of the Tudor dynasty in England whose first monarch was Henry VII...

 quadrangle with a cloister
A cloister is a rectangular open space surrounded by covered walks or open galleries, with open arcades on the inner side, running along the walls of buildings and forming a quadrangle or garth...

 on one side. A new block was added in the 1960s. A sixth form
Sixth form
In the education systems of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and of Commonwealth West Indian countries such as Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Jamaica and Malta, the sixth form is the final two years of secondary education, where students, usually sixteen to eighteen years of age,...

 and arts and crafts block was added in 1981. This newer building completes a second quadrangle. In 2005, a new refectory
A refectory is a dining room, especially in monasteries, boarding schools and academic institutions. One of the places the term is most often used today is in graduate seminaries...

 and teaching block of 15 classrooms was built. As well as over 100 classrooms, there are twelve science laboratories, a language laboratory, seven computer centres, a set of music rooms, lecture theatre, gym and sports hall as well as a canteen. A new 'Applied Learning Centre' is also in use and houses several new editing suites, this was finished in the 2010/2011 school year, with a similarly styled 'Food Technology' and Sixth Form block having recently been opened (September 16th 2011).


A house system was first inaugurated in 1899, with three houses, School, East Borough and West Borough. By circa 1900 these house were again revised this time based on geography with East House being for those boys east of the river, West House for those boys on the western riverside and School house for the townspeople and boarders.
In September 2007, the school saw the continuation of this tradition with the introduction of six School Houses. The six houses are named Challenger (purple), Churchill
Churchill tank
The Tank, Infantry, Mk IV was a heavy British infantry tank used in the Second World War, best known for its heavy armour, large longitudinal chassis with all-around tracks with multiple bogies, and its use as the basis of many specialist vehicles. It was one of the heaviest Allied tanks of the war...

 (yellow), Endeavour
HMS Endeavour
HMS Endeavour may refer to one of the following ships:In the Royal Navy:, a 36-gun ship purchased in 1652 and sold in 1656, a 4-gun bomb vessel purchased in 1694 and sold in 1696, a fire ship purchased in 1694 and sold in 1696, a storeship hoy purchased in 1694 and sold in 1705, a storeship...

 (red), Hurricane
Hawker Hurricane
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 (green), Invincible
HMS Invincible (R05)
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, (blue), and Spitfire
Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used as a front line fighter and in secondary roles into the 1950s...

 (white). The winners of both the inaugural house and charities cup in 2007/2008 year were Churchill, and for the first time in the 2008/2009 year the winners of the house cup were Challenger.

Sixth form

The sixth form is one of the largest in the South-East. Each year the school takes up to 200 students into Year 12, including around thirty external students (mixed gender), accepting students from any school according to their GCSE results. The sixth form offers AS and A2 courses in a wide variety of combinations.


The school participates in multiple sports including rugby
Rugby football
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, football, field hockey
Field hockey
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, cricket
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the...

, athletics
Athletics (track and field)
Athletics is an exclusive collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking...

 and basketball.

Combined Cadet Force

The school has a Combined Cadet Force
Combined Cadet Force
The Combined Cadet Force is a Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation in the United Kingdom. Its aim is to "provide a disciplined organisation in a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance,...

. It has an Navy
A navy is the branch of a nation's armed forces principally designated for naval and amphibious warfare; namely, lake- or ocean-borne combat operations and related functions...

, Army
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 and RAF
Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the British Armed Forces. Formed on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world...

 section and accepts students on a voluntary basis when they reach year nine.

School Song

The school song, Gaudeamus, was written in 1908 by music-master Dr HF Henniker, ARAM to Latin words by the Headmaster at the time, Rev F Mercury, MA. It continues to be sung today, at Speech Day and other occasions, and is well remembered by those who attended the school.

The Maidstonian

The Maidstonian is the school's annual publication of reports, articles, news and original contributions. Originally simply a record of every member of staff, as well as each pupil and his form, The Maidstonian has evolved into a publication that is written by pupils, for pupils. Editions include information about any staff that left or joined the school that academic year, reports from the CCF, Music Department, sports teams as well as diaries from foreign trips. Original contributions, mainly poetry, prose and artwork, feature heavily. The "Quote-Unquote" section remains a firm favourite with students and staff alike, however, as of the 2010/2011 issue, this section has been discontinued.

Notable Maidstonians

Former pupils of the school are called Old Maidstonians and include:

Politics & Government
  • Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
    Samuel Egerton Brydges
    Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, 1st Baronet was an English bibliographer and genealogist. He was also Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1812 to 1818....

    , MP from 1812-8 for Maidstone
    Maidstone (UK Parliament constituency)
    Maidstone was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.The parliamentary borough of Maidstone returned two Members of Parliament from 1552 until 1885, when its representation was reduced to one member...

  • Nick Gibb
    Nick Gibb
    Nicolas John "Nick" Gibb is a British Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton...

     (briefly), Conservative Schools Minister 2010-current, and MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton since 1997
  • John Pugh
    John Pugh
    John David Pugh is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. He is Member of Parliament for Southport...

    , Liberal Democrat
    Liberal Democrats
    The Liberal Democrats are a social liberal political party in the United Kingdom which supports constitutional and electoral reform, progressive taxation, wealth taxation, human rights laws, cultural liberalism, banking reform and civil liberties .The party was formed in 1988 by a merger of the...

     MP since 2001 for Southport
    Southport is a seaside town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, England. During the 2001 census Southport was recorded as having a population of 90,336, making it the eleventh most populous settlement in North West England...

  • Dr Roderick Pullen, Ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2004-6, and High Commissioner to Ghana from 2000-4
  • Adam Sampson, Legal Services Ombudsman
    Legal Services Ombudsman
    In England and Wales, the Legal Services Ombudsman was a statutory officer that investigated allegations about the improper, ineffective or inefficient way that complaints about lawyers are handled by their respective self-regulating professional bodies. The Ombudsman is appointed by, and is...

     since 2009, and Chief Executive from 2003-89 of Shelter
    Shelter (charity)
    Shelter is a registered charity in England and Scotland that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing. It gives advice, information and advocacy to people in need, and tackles the root causes of bad housing by lobbying government and local authorities for new laws and policies to improve the...

  • Mark F. Watts, Labour MEP from 1994-9 for Kent East
    Kent East (European Parliament constituency)
    Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales...

    , then South East England
    South East England (European Parliament constituency)
    South East England is a constituency of the European Parliament. It currently elects 10 Members of the European Parliament using the D'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.- Boundaries :...

     from 1999–2004
  • Philip Wynn Owen CB, Director General of National Climate Change since 2009 at the Department of Energy and Climate Change
    Department of Energy and Climate Change
    The Department of Energy and Climate Change is a British government department created on 3 October 2008 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to take over some of the functions of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

Media, Television & Film
  • James Burke
    James Burke (science historian)
    James Burke is a British broadcaster, science historian, author and television producer known amongst other things for his documentary television series Connections and its more philosophical oriented companion production, The Day the Universe Changed , focusing on the history of science and...

    , the popular science TV presenter
  • Andrew Dilnot
    Andrew Dilnot
    Andrew Dilnot CBE is British economist and broadcaster. He has been Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford since October 2002. He was for several years the presenter of BBC Radio 4's series on numbers, More or Less and of documentaries for British television. Dilnot was Director of the Institute...

     CBE (briefly), Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford
    St Hugh's College, Oxford
    St Hugh's College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It is located on a fourteen and a half acre site on St Margaret's Road, to the North of the city centre. It was founded in 1886 as a women's college, and accepted its first male students in its centenary year in 1986...

     since 2002, and former presenter of BBC Radio 4
    BBC Radio 4
    BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station, operated and owned by the BBC, that broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes, including news, drama, comedy, science and history. It replaced the BBC Home Service in 1967. The station controller is currently Gwyneth Williams, and the...

    's More or Less
    More or Less (radio programme)
    More or Less is a BBC Radio 4 programme focusing on numbers and statistics.The programme was started by Andrew Dilnot as a one-off series of six programmes...

  • Tony Hart
    Tony Hart
    Norman Antony "Tony" Hart was an English artist and children's television presenter. He was famous for television shows such as Vision On, Playbox, Take Hart and Hartbeat.-Early life:...

    , artist, children's TV presenter (Vision On/Smart)
  • James Hillier (actor)
    James Hillier (actor)
    James Hillier, is an English actor. In recent years he has played Sergeant Christian Young on the BBC police drama, HolbyBlue, and Damian, Roxy Mitchell's fiancé in BBC1 Soap Opera EastEnders.-Early life:...

  • Shaun McKenna
    Shaun McKenna
    Shaun McKenna is an English dramatist, lyricist and screenwriter.-Biography:Shaun studied at Maidstone Grammar School and the University of Bristol...

    , screenwriter
  • Stuart Miles, Blue Peter
    Blue Peter
    Blue Peter is the world's longest-running children's television show, having first aired in 1958. It is shown on CBBC, both in its BBC One programming block and on the CBBC channel. During its history there have been many presenters, often consisting of two women and two men at a time...

    presenter from 1994-9
  • Tom Mullarkey, Chief Executive since 2006 of RoSPA
    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
    The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a British charity which aims to promote safety. It is particularly known for its vocal campaigns on issues of road safety, including Tufty the road crossing squirrel, the Cycling Proficiency Test and the Green Cross Code, as well as on issues of...

  • Tom Riley, film and television actor
  • Gavin Rowe, twice BAFTA nominated Director, BPG, MMA

  • Rt Rev David John Atkinson, Bishop of Thetford from 2001-9
  • Leo Avery
    Leo Avery
    Leo Avery, later to be the third Abbot of Quarr in modern times, was born 5 January 1938, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, and raised in Maidstone, Kent, England. After studies in Aeronautical Engineering at Southampton University, England, he entered the novitiate at Quarr Abbey, on the nearby...

  • Rt Rev Bob Evens, Bishop of Crediton
    Bishop of Crediton
    The Bishop of Crediton was originally a prelate who administered an Anglo-Saxon diocese in the 10th and 11th centuries, and is presently a suffragan bishop who assists the diocesan bishop.-Diocesan Bishops of Crediton:...

     since 2004
  • George Harris (Unitarian)
    George Harris (Unitarian)
    George Harris was an English Unitarian minister, controversialist and editor.-Life:Born at Maidstone in Kent on 15 May 1794, he was son of Abraham Harris, Unitarian minister at Swansea for 40 years. George was at the age of fourteen placed in a Manchester warehouse in Cheapside, London, but,...

  • Very Rev Robert William Pope
    Robert William Pope
    The Very Rev Robert William Pope, OBE was an eminent Anglican Clergyman in the 20th century. He was born on 20 May 1916 and educated at Durham University. He was Ordained Deacon in 1939 and Priest in 1940 and began his career with curacies at Holy Trinity, Gravesend and St. Nicolas' Church,...

  • Martin Warner (bishop)
    Martin Warner (bishop)
    Martin Clive Warner is an Anglican bishop in England. He is currently the Bishop of Whitby.-Education and career:Warner studied at the University of Durham in the 1970s and then trained for ordination at St Stephen's House, Oxford...

    , Bishop of Whitby
    Bishop of Whitby
    The Bishop of Whitby is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of York, in the Province of York, England.The title takes its name after the town of Whitby in North Yorkshire...

     since 2010

  • David Flatman
    David Flatman
    David Luke Flatman or 'Flats' is a prop for Bath and the England national rugby union team.He started playing rugby union at the age of eight at his local club, Maidstone FC, inspired by his father, who was a prop...

    , Bath Rugby
    Bath Rugby
    Bath Rugby is an English professional rugby union club that is based in the city of Bath. They play in the Aviva Premiership league...

     Union player
  • Tom Parsons, Kent and Hampshire county Cricketer
    A cricketer is a person who plays the sport of cricket. Official and long-established cricket publications prefer the traditional word "cricketer" over the rarely used term "cricket player"....

  • Frank Sando
    Frank Sando
    Frank Dennis Sando is a retired British World Cross-Country Champion. Regarded as one of Britain's most accomplished athletes, Frank was a dominant force throughout the 1950s, winning the International Cross-Country Championship in 1955 and 1957, and representing Great Britain in two consecutive...

    , Olympic athlete
  • Steven Haworth, professional wrestler also known as Nigel McGuinness and Desmond Wolfe

Science & Academia
  • Prof Peter Day, Fullerian Professor of Chemistry
    Fullerian Professor of Chemistry
    The Fullerian Chairs at the Royal Institution were established by John 'Mad Jack' Fuller.-Fullerian Professors of Chemistry:*1833 Michael Faraday* 1868 William Odling* 1874 John Hall Gladstone* 1877 James Dewar* 1923 William Henry Bragg* 1942 Henry H...

     from 1994–2008, and Director of the Royal Institution
    Director of the Royal Institution
    Below are directors of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, with date of appointment.Director of the Laboratory* 1801 Humphry Davy* 1825 Michael Faraday* 1867 John Tyndall* 1887 James DewarDirector of the Davy-Faraday Research Laboratory...

     from 1991-8
  • Frank Finn
    Frank Finn
    Frank Finn FZS, MBOU was an English ornithologist.Finn was born in Maidstone and educated at Maidstone Grammar School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He went on a collecting expedition to East Africa in 1892, and became First Assistant Superintendent of the Indian Museum, Calcutta in 1894, and...

    , ornithologist
  • Peter Heather
    Peter Heather
    Peter Heather is a historian of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, currently Professor of Medieval History at King's College London. He has held appointments at University College London and Yale University and was Fellow and Tutor in Medieval History at Worcester College, Oxford until...

    , historian
  • Prof Geoffrey Hosking
    Geoffrey Hosking
    Geoffrey Alan Hosking is a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union and formerly Leverhulme Research Professor of Russian History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London....

    , Professor of Russian History from 1984-2007 at University College London
    University College London
    University College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom and the oldest and largest constituent college of the federal University of London...

  • Prof William Morfill
    William Morfill
    William Richard Morfill FBA was Professor of Russian and the other Slavonic languages at the University of Oxford from 1900 until his death...

    , Professor of Russian from 1900-9 at the University of Oxford
    University of Oxford
    The University of Oxford is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096...

  • John Orrell
    John Orrell
    John Orrell was an author, theatre historian, and English professor at the University of Alberta. The New York Times described him as the “historian whose intellectual detective work laid the groundwork for the 1997 re-creation of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theater.”-Life and work:Orrell was...

    , theatre historian
  • Leslie Parris, art historian
  • Prof Bill Saunders, Professor of Endodontology, and Dean of Dentistry since 2000 at the University of Dundee
    University of Dundee
    The University of Dundee is a university based in the city and Royal burgh of Dundee on eastern coast of the central Lowlands of Scotland and with a small number of institutions elsewhere....

    , and President from 1997-8 of the British Endodontic Society

  • Captain Ben Babington-Browne, of 22 Engineer Regiment of the Royal Engineers
    Royal Engineers
    The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers , and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army....

    , killed on 6 July 2009 after a Canadian
    Canadian Forces Land Force Command
    The Canadian Army , previously called Land Force Command, is responsible for army operations within the Canadian Forces. The current size of the Army is 19,500 regular soldiers and 16,000 reserve soldiers, for a total of around 35,500 soldiers...

     Bell CH-146 Griffon crashed in Zabul Province
    Zabul Province
    Zabul is a historic province of Afghanistan. Zabul became an independent province from neighbouring Kandahar in 1963, with Qalat being named the provincial capital. It should not be confused with the city Zabol, on the Iranian side of the border with Afghanistan.- Political and security situation...

    , Afghanistan
  • Lt-Gen
    Lieutenant General
    Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. The rank traces its origins to the Middle Ages where the title of Lieutenant General was held by the second in command on the battlefield, who was normally subordinate to a Captain General....

     Sir Frederick Dobson Middleton
    Frederick Dobson Middleton
    General Sir Frederick Dobson Middleton KCMG, CB was a British general noted for his service throughout the Empire and particularly in the North-West Rebellion.-Military career:...

     CB, Commandant from 1874-84 of RMC Sandhurst
    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
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  • Air Vice-Marshal
    Air Vice-Marshal
    Air vice-marshal is a two-star air-officer rank which originated in and continues to be used by the Royal Air Force. The rank is also used by the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence and it is sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in...

     Philip Hedgeland CB OBE, expert in airborne radar, Station Commander from 1966-7 of RAF Stanbridge
    RAF Stanbridge
    RAF Stanbridge is an RAF station situated on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England.It is a satellite site of RAF Henlow and is one of the smallest RAF Stations having only two Station buildings and 24 married quarters...

    , and helped develop the H2S radar
    H2S radar
    H2S was the first airborne, ground scanning radar system. It was developed in Britain in World War II for the Royal Air Force and was used in various RAF bomber aircraft from 1943 to the 1990s. It was designed to identify targets on the ground for night and all-weather bombing...

     in the war at the Telecommunications Research Establishment
    Telecommunications Research Establishment
    The Telecommunications Research Establishment was the main United Kingdom research and development organization for radio navigation, radar, infra-red detection for heat seeking missiles, and related work for the Royal Air Force during World War II and the years that followed. The name was...

     in Malvern
  • Air Marshal
    Air Marshal
    Air marshal is a three-star air-officer rank which originated in and continues to be used by the Royal Air Force...

     Sir Timothy Jenner
    Timothy Jenner
    Air Marshal Sir Timothy Ivo Jenner KCB, FRAeS, RAF , is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander who since retirement has worked for Serco Group.-RAF career:...

     CB, Station Commander of RAF Shawbury
    RAF Shawbury
    RAF Shawbury is a Royal Air Force station by the village of Shawbury near Shrewsbury, Shropshire.The station at Shawbury was first used for military flying training in 1917 by the Royal Flying Corps, but it was returned to agricultural use in 1920. In 1938 it was reactivated as a training...

     from 1987-8
  • Rear-Adm
    Rear Admiral
    Rear admiral is a naval commissioned officer rank above that of a commodore and captain, and below that of a vice admiral. It is generally regarded as the lowest of the "admiral" ranks, which are also sometimes referred to as "flag officers" or "flag ranks"...

     Ronald Paffard CB CBE
  • Charles de Salis, wartime intelligence officer

Art, Music & Literature
  • William Alexander (painter)
    William Alexander (painter)
    William Alexander . was an English painter, illustrator and engraver.-Life and works:William Alexander was born in Maidstone, Kent, the son of Harry Alexander, a coachmaker. He was educated at Maidstone Grammar School, but in 1782, at the age of 15, moved to London to study art - first under...

  • Daniel Blythe
    Daniel Blythe
    Daniel Blythe is a British author, who was born in Maidstone in 1969 and studied Modern Languages at St John's College, Oxford. After several years writing stories for the small press, Blythe began his professional career writing for the Virgin New Adventures series of Doctor Who novels, and very...

    , the writer
  • James Butler (artist)
    James Butler (artist)
    James Walter Butler MBE RA is a British sculptor.Butler was educated at Maidstone Grammar School and studied art at St Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art. For 10 years he was a professional stone carver. He taught sculpture and drawing at the City and Guilds of London Art School...

     MBE, sculptor
  • Philip Langridge
    Philip Langridge
    Philip Gordon Langridge CBE was an English tenor, considered to be among the foremost exponents of English opera and oratorio....

     CBE, world-famous tenor
  • Matthew William Cooper, Broadway Actor, attended the school between 2002 and 2009.
  • Philip Moore
    Philip Moore (organist)
    Philip Moore is an English composer and organist.-Career:After studying at the Royal College of Music, he became Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral in 1968. He was appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral in 1974...

    , Organist of York Minster
    York Minster
    York Minster is a Gothic cathedral in York, England and is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe alongside Cologne Cathedral. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England, and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York; it is run by...

     from 1983–2008, Organist of Guildford Cathedral
    Guildford Cathedral
    The Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford is the Anglican cathedral at Guildford, Surrey, England.-Construction:Guildford was made a diocese in its own right in 1927, and work on its new cathedral, designed by Sir Edward Maufe, began nine years later, with the foundation stone being laid...

     from 1974–83
  • Christopher Smart
    Christopher Smart
    Christopher Smart , also known as "Kit Smart", "Kitty Smart", and "Jack Smart", was an English poet. He was a major contributor to two popular magazines and a friend to influential cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. Smart, a high church Anglican, was widely known throughout...

    , poet
  • Yeborobo
    Yeborobo are a noize band, now based in London. They are one of the most notable members of the Mentalist Association, a tribal unit of diverse personalities originating from Maidstone, Kent....

    , musical group (members thereof)

  • Richard (Dick) Beeching, Baron Beeching
    Richard Beeching
    Richard Beeching, Baron Beeching , commonly known as Doctor Beeching, was chairman of British Railways and a physicist and engineer...

    , who oversaw the closure of many railways in the 1960s
  • Julius Brenchley
    Julius Brenchley
    Julius Lucius Brenchley , of Maidstone, was a 19th-century English explorer, naturalist and author.-Life:...

    , explorer
  • Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland
    Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland
    Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland, KB head of the Fane family, of Mereworth in Kent, and then of Apethorpe in Northamptonshire, was first a Member of Parliament and then an English peer...

  • Sir Thomas Fane
    Thomas Fane (d 1589)
    Thomas Fane was born at Badsel Manor, Tudely, Kent, the son of George Fane, High Sheriff of Kent. The family lived on estates bought in the 14th century from the ransomed monies received for capturing King John II of France at the battle of Poitiers 1356.Sir John Fane or Ivon Vane as he was also...

  • Sir Jack Hughes, Chairman from 1971-82 of the Bracknell
    Bracknell is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire, England. It lies to the south-east of Reading, southwest of Windsor and west of central London...

     Development Corporation

Notable people

  • William Golding
    William Golding
    Sir William Gerald Golding was a British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, best known for his novel Lord of the Flies...

    , author of Lord of the Flies
    Lord of the Flies
    Lord of the Flies is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on a deserted island who try to govern themselves, with disastrous results...

    , taught English and Music at the school between 1938 and 1940, when he met his wife Ann Brookfield.

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