King Edward VI Grammar School Chelmsford

Notable Alumni


DJBET电竞菠菜人 John Dee - Noted mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, occultist, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I; responsible for the English translation of Euclid's work.

PRE 1900

John Hilton, FRS, (1805-1878) - President of the Royal College of Surgeons
Philemon Holland - Celebrated classical scholar
Thomas Plume - Archdeacon of Rochester and educational benefactor, founded the chair of Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at the University of Cambridge 
Joseph Strutt - Author of 'Sports and Pastimes of the People of England'
The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal -  Lord Chief Justice of The Court of Common Pleas, distinguished 19th Century Judge 

POST 1900

Harold Henry Abbott - Poet
Nick Alston - Essex's first Police & Crime Commissioner
Chris Auchinvole - Member of the New Zealand Parliament 
John Alec Baker - Writer, best known work, 'The Peregrine', winner of the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize 
Peter Baldwin CBE - Chief Executive of the Radio Authority from 1991-95
Mike Baxendale - War correspondent, published author and publisher 
Jonty Bloom - BBC Business & Europe Correspondent
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth - former Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party, former MP and now Member of the House of Lords
Tim Carey - Internationally renowned pianist, solo performer, chamber-music player, orchestral keyboard player and teacher 
Neil Cole - Comedian, television presenter and radio broadcaster 
Dr Bruce Choppin - B.H.L.Choppin, 1940-1983: B.A (Cantab), PhD (University of Chicago) - pioneering educational theorist, one-time Principal Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research 
Mervyn Day - Former professional footballer (West Ham United) 
Eamonn Dolan - Former professional footballer (West Ham United & Tottenham) and football coach (Reading)
Paul Dorrington - Guitarist with Indie pop legends 'The Wedding Present' from 1991-1995. The band broke Elvis Presley's record for the most hit singles in the UK charts in one year (1992) 
Alex Dowsett - Professional cyclist, Commonwealth Gold Medalist and member of the Team Katusha-Alpecin cycling tea.  In 2015, he broke track cycling's world hour record by 446 metres (1,463 feet), with a distance of 52.937 kilometres (32.894 miles).
Lord Fowler - Conservative politician; former Cabinet minister
Harold Gainsford Dryhurst (1923-67) Notable WW2 Bomber Command pilot and post war flight instructor at RAF Cranwell
Mark Gayler - Liberal Democrat councillor 
Guthrie Govan - Guitarist and writer for Guitar Techniques magazine 
Jason Hazeley (Jason Smith when at KEGS), Robin Halstead, Joel Morris, Alex Morris, creators of the Framley Examiner, spoof local newspaper Bollocks to Alton Towers; Uncommonly British Days Out.  Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris are also the creators of the bestselling spoof Ladybird books which include  'How It Works - The Wife', 'How It Works - The Husband', 'The Ladybird Book of the Midlife Crisis' and 'The Ladybird Book of the Hipster'
Simon Heffer - Journalist, author and Daily Telegraph columnist 
Thomas Jenkinson - Prominent electronic and jazz musician aka Squarepusher 
Peter D Joslin QPM BA CIMgt   - Chief  Constable - Warwickshire (1983 - 1998)
Professor Donald Kelly - European specialist in veterinary pathology 
Jonathan Lewis - Former Essex County Cricketer and captain of Durham County Cricket Club 2000- 2005
Andrew McGarry - former Essex cricketer 
James Maynard - Mathematician and winner of the 2014 Ramanujan Prize
Anthony Marwood - Internationally renowned concert violinist
Tim Mead - Counter-Tenor
Anthony Milton OBE - Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander UK Amphibious Forces from 2002-4
Dave Monk - Presenter, BBC Essex 
Robert James O'Neill - British Ambassador to Austria 
Martin Outram - Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, (where he has been a professor since 1984) and viola player in the award-winning Maggini Quartet 
Brian Parkyn - Labour MP for Bedford from 1966-70
Grayson Perry - Artist and winner of the 2003 Turner Prize
Dr Kevin Privett - Geologist. Winner of the prestigious Glossop Medal awarded by the Geological Society for a significant contribution to engineering geology
Dr Simon Reid-Henry - Writer, prize-winning historical & political geographer.  Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, Senior Researcher at the Peace Institute, Oslo
Peter Seabrook MBE - Gardener 
Wilf Sizer  - Wing Commander who served as fighter pilot during four major campaigns - Withdrawal from Dunkirk, The Battle of Britain, The North West African Campaign and the Invasion of Sicily. 1920 - 2007 
Dr Christopher Smith - Author of The Naked Scientist. 
Mike Smith - Former Radio 1 DJ, touring car driver and television presenter.  He founded 'Flying TV' in 2004, a company which provides aerial filming services to broadcasters   
Ray Smith - Essex County cricketer 1934-56
Professor Ralph C Smith OBE - first ever Professor of Mathematics of the Open University, internationally renowned pioneer of television teaching, consultant to education authorities in many countries including lengthy residences in China and USA 
Nicholas Sommerlad - Journalist and former husband of Sinéad O'Connor
Jon Swaine - US based journalist, working for The Guardian and previously for The Telegraph
Prof John G Taylor (1931-2012) - Professor of Mathematics at King’s College, London
Joe Thomas - Actor, plays Simon in 'The Inbetweeners' 
John Tipler - International motoring journalist
John Watson (fictional) character in the 2010 BBC series of Sherlock. John Watson's CV is visible in episode 2, where KEGS is cited under Education Qualifications
Denis Wick - Britain's most influential orchestral trombonist of the 20th century
Rt Revd Clive Young - The Bishop of Dunwich


If there is anyone we have missed please let us know.