Pupils from Derby Grammar School go on to enjoy and achieve many things in all walks of life with each one encouraged to follow their own individual path.

One of the true measures of a School’s success can be seen in its alumni, not just in terms of their career and further academic achievements, but in their continued affection for the school and the strength of friendships within peer groups and across the school.

Our alumni look fondly on their school days at Derby Grammar and often return to visit teachers, to share stories, to offer their skills and knowledge for the benefit of current pupils, or for a free lunch – one of the lifelong perks of being a Derby Grammar School alumnus.

Old Derbeian Society

All pupils who study at Derby Grammar School become members of the Old Derbeian Society when they leave. The society comprises pupils of this School and also the old Derby School. Its prime purpose is to keep old pupils in touch with the School and each other.

We do this through a series of social and sporting events including the annual Old Derbeian vs Derby Grammar School cricket match and an annual dinner.

Meet some of our alumni

Matthew Manning completed Sixth Form in 2007 and went on to join Balfour Beatty who supported him through a five year part time degree in Quantity Surveying.

Based in London, he now specialised in disputes within construction and is Senior Quantity Surveyor on a Balfour Beatty joint venture project called SMBJV. As part of this he is working for Eight20 on behalf of Thames Water delivering a five year contract worth £2.4billion.


James Wroe finished at Derby Grammar School in 2015 and is now studying a master’s degree – MEng Aerospace Engineering – at the University of Sheffield. He is currently on summer placement with Etihad Airways Engineering in Abu Dhabi.


Ben Bloor was at Derby Grammar School from 2003 to 2010. He took a gap year as the Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle before reading Music at New College, Oxford. He’s currently the Organist at the Brompton Oratory in London, as well as maintaining a busy freelance portfolio giving recitals.