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 are entitled to membership 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 Old Derbeians

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 specialises 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 left 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.

Rachel Appleby left in 2012. She went on to join Taylor Wimpey (Midlands) who sponsored her to undertake a degree in Business Management studying part time whilst working, in which she achieved first class honours. In 2018 she joined Persimmon Homes as a Marketing Analyst, working on their national marketing activity.

Ben Bloor was with us 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.

Alex Gill left us in 2003. Having completed his Geography degree at Newcastle University he now works in London as Managing Director at CBRE, a global full-service real estate services and investment organisation.

Paris Goldsbury left in 2009 and went on to study Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh before going on to commission from the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in 2015, into the Royal Corps of Signals. Since then she has been a Troop Commander, managing 30 soldiers in York and Kenya, has worked in Army Headquarters and is currently Aide-de-Camp to a 2-star General.

Jonathan Owen left in 2013 to study a four year MMath Master of Mathematics degree at Durham University. He has recently graduated with first class honours and has won the Edward Collingwood Memorial Prize, an annual prize awarded to the student who has performed exceptionally well and is intending to study a research degree. Jonathan is now moving on to start his PhD, entitled Bayesian Uncertainty Analysis and Decision Support for Complex Models of Physical Systems, at Durham.

Hannah Prince was one of our pioneers, joining Sixth Form when we first opened our doors to girls. She completed her degree in German at the University of Exeter, and then an MSc in International Business Management at Durham. From this she joined Babcock International and in 2017 joined 4C Associates as a Procurement Consultant.

Aruna Bahia studied Fashion and Textiles at the University of Manchester upon leaving Derby Grammar School. She is now Global Product Development and Marketing Manager at The  Body Shop, based at their head office in London

Yusuf Karim left school in 2013. He is now studying MEng Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University, and his final year is being sponsored by the International Society of Transport and Aircraft Trading.

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And some who are a little older…

Just some of the famous names who all attended the old Derby School:

  • John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal
  • Joseph Wright, artist
  • Professor George Bacon, who helped invent radar at the beginning of WWII
  • Reverend John Cotton, founding father of Boston, USA