Bolton School Former Pupils

100 Inspiring Minds

During the anniversary celebrations of 2015-16, we profiled some of the most inspiring and influential people from Bolton School’s history, some of whom have had an impact on society, shaping our businesses and communities, and some of whom had devoted their lifelong careers to the School and its pupils, for the School’s ‘100 Inspiring Minds Project’. All 100 profiles can be read, in publication order, below.

  • Lord Leverhulme

    Industrialist, philanthropist, politician and a man of Bolton who never forgot his roots, William Hesketh Lever, the First Lord Leverhulme, was a remarkable man. He became a Governor of Bolton Grammar School in 1898 and in 1913 made the magnificent offer of a joint endowment to the High School for Girls and the Grammar School for Boys on condition...

  • F R Poskitt

    F R Poskitt, Headmaster of Bolton School Boys' Division 1933 - 1966 Mr Poskitt was Headmaster of the Boys’ Division for 33 years and in many ways the architect of the modern School. Both in a literal sense, in that his determination saw the long hiatus in construction through to the eventual completion of its buildings, and because his blueprint...

  • Miss Higginson

    Miss Margaret Higginson, Headmistress of Bolton School Girls’ Division 1954 – 1979 Educated at Sutton Girls’ High School, Margaret Dora Higginson went on to gain First Class Honours in English Language and Literature at Oxford and a distinction in her Teaching Diploma. Following posts at Wycombe Abbey and Bemrose School for Boys, she moved to St...

  • Ian Riley

    Ian Riley (School Governor, Old Boltonian Class of 1981, and lead benefactor for the Riley Centre) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career? I am 52 years old, have been married to Ginni for 26 years and have two children (Emma, 21, who is hopefully about to graduate from Cambridge having studied Computer Sciences /...

  • Lesley Ainsworth

    Lesley Ainsworth (1968-1975), Former Head Girl After school I studied law at Oxford which was a bit of a shock to the system after Maths and Physics A levels. Having failed to work out what I really wanted to do I found myself starting articles with a firm of solicitors in London in 1979. Thirty three years later I looked up from my desk and...

  • Arno Kitts

    Arno Kitts (1967-1981) Could you write a brief pen portrait of your life since School? My career success can be traced back to roots in my free education at Bolton School. I work for BlackRock, a leading investment manager, where I am responsible for the UK institutional business, which looks after some £260 billion for pension clients. My role...

  • Carol Haslam

    Carol Haslam was a pupil in the Girls’ Division from 1959-1966, and joined the Girls’ Division staff in 1987. I joined the staff in the Girls’ Division in April 1987 – but little did I think that when I left the Upper Sixth in 1966, I would be returning to be a teacher! Initially I was appointed by Mrs Spurr to cover a Maternity Leave, but over...

  • Lionel Price

    Lionel Price (1954-1964) I spent most of my career working on monetary and international financial policy at the Bank of England where ultimately I was head of the economics division and director of central banking studies. Later I became Chief Economist at Fitch Ratings. My schooling started at a primary school in Wigan (actually the same one...

  • Sheila Fisher

    Dr Sheila Fisher (1963-1970) PhD MSc FDS FFD FRCS, School Governor Sheila enjoyed a fascinating career as a consultant surgeon caring for people with cancers of the head and neck. As the first woman to undertake the full surgical training in this discipline, from being a shy and retiring teenager, she became accustomed to being the sole female...

  • Sir Philip Craven

    Sir Philip Craven (1961-1969) I was at Bolton School from 1961 to 1969 and then went on to take a three year Geography degree at Manchester University where I scraped through that degree but got a first class honours in Wheelchair Basketball, training 3-4 hours a day at the McDougall Centre and also adding in an hour to an hour and a half of...

  • Kate Long

    Kate Long (1976-1983) I’m the author of seven novels, with an eighth, Something Only We Know, out in August 2015. My work’s been adapted for ITV and Radio 4, and I write regularly for national newspapers and magazines. I’ve been a full-time novelist since I gave up English teaching in 2003. What is your connection to Bolton School? Were any...

  • Peter Knowles

    Peter Knowles (1972-1979), Controller, BBC Parliament I’ve spent my working life as a broadcast journalist, principally as an editor in television news. At the start of my career I worked in many of the newsrooms in the North of England, then the Nine O’clock News at the time of the first Gulf War and BBC World News at its launch. I am now based...

  • Kathryn Knight

    Kathryn Knight (1982-1989), Former Head Girl After school I studied English Literature at Lincoln College, Oxford and from there joined The Times’ graduate trainee scheme as a news reporter, cutting my teeth on everything from court cases to plane hijacks, pretty much in a constant state of terror that I would somehow be ‘found out’. After four...

  • Stan Webster, OBE

    Stan Webster, OBE (1957-1964) I left Bolton School in 1964 at the end of the second term of my third year in the sixth form, to take up a temporary job on Fleet Street. At the time I planned to become a foreign correspondent and Richard Poskitt used his contacts to get me a job as PA to the Managing Editor of British United Press. I already had...

  • Hilary Crawforth

    Hilary Crawforth (1955-1968), Former Staff and Headmistress of Beech House, 1976-2010 I was a pupil at Beech House from 1955 then in the junior school and senior school, leaving in 1968. My mother attended Bolton School from 1933 and my sister from 1954 to 1968, along with several cousins. Both my children attended the School. I then returned to...

  • Tony Wadsworth, CBE

    Tony Wadsworth, CBE (1967-1974) Tony Wadsworth CBE was Chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland from 1998 to 2008. In a 26 year career with the UK based company, he held many roles including Managing Director of the Parlophone label, a label which he re-launched in the 1990’s achieving sustained hits with artists such as Blur, Radiohead,...

  • Judith Todd

    Judith Todd (1941-1956), Former Head Girl and Former Bolton School Governor I was the third generation of the Todd family to attend Bolton School, along with four cousins. I entered Beech House aged just four, the Junior School at eight and the Senior School at eleven. I took A Levels after two years in the Sixth Form and won a Bolton and a state...

  • Timothy Corner, QC

    Timothy Corner, QC (1966-1976) I’m a barrister (QC) specialising in planning law in London. I’m a former chairman of the Planning and Environment Bar Association, and in addition to my barrister’s practice I sit part time as a judge, in the High Court and Crown Court. After I left school in 1976, I read law at Oxford University, and then came to...

  • Emma Saxelby

    Emma Saxelby (Boys’ Division Staff, 1917-1946) Emma Saxelby has been described as ‘the finest of all the able modern language teachers who gave the school its exceptional reputation’ and her ability to make her subject seem enjoyable to the students whilst at the same time maintaining the necessary degree of order and discipline earned her the...

  • Len Vickers

    Len Vickers (1953-1960), former School Captain I was born in 1942 in Daubhill, Bolton. My father was a self-employed slater and my mother a housewife. I had two older sisters – in the warm language of Daubhill, “our Audrey” and “our Dorothy”. I attended Brandwood St Primary School, and when the results of the 11-Plus exam came through I told...

  • Sheila Tonge

    Sheila Tonge (1956-1963), Governor 1997-2008 My original career choice would have been to be a doctor, but after some disappointments and illness problems at home I switched from the idea of doctoring people to plants and headed into horticulture. I thought about trying music as a career but kept my cello playing as a hobby. After a one year...

  • Arthur Wyatt, CMG

    Arthur Wyatt, CMG (1940-1948)12th October 1929 – 4th March 2015 Arthur Hope Wyatt was born on 12th October 1929 in Anderton near Chorley, into a working class family: his father was an engineer in the machine shop at Horwich Railway Works, and his mother worked in a cotton mill. He won a county scholarship to Bolton School and joined the Boys’...

  • Michael Berry

    Michael Berry (1949-1954) I left School in 1954 as my family emigrated to Canada later that year. In 1957 I entered the internationally respected McGill University in Montreal from which I emerged in 1961 with an honours degree in Economics and Political Science. I accompanied my academic work with regular appearances each year for the University...

  • Dr Joyce Tyldesley

    Dr Joyce Tyldesley (1964-1978) I studied archaeology at Liverpool University, then studied for a doctorate in prehistoric archaeology at Oxford University. I returned to Liverpool University as a lecturer for a year, then took the decision to become a writer. Because I was worried about not actually selling any books, I also decided to train as...

  • Sir Alan Cockshaw

    Sir Alan Cockshaw – Chairman of the Bolton School Governing Body, 1997-2007 Sir Alan Cockshaw spent his early career in both the public and private sectors, having attended Farnworth Grammar School and then the Univeristy of Leeds on a scholarship, where he read Civil Engineering. After graduation from Leeds University, Sir Alan worked initially...

  • Pamela Johnson

    Pamela Johnson – Girls’ Division Staff, 1963-1998 Pam Johnson was a much-loved member of the Girls’ Division teaching staff for 35 years, during which time she had a significant impact on a variety of aspects of School life.  Her influence continues in the Girls’ Division to this day. Following Pam’s passing earlier that year, a service...

  • Sir Malcolm Williamson

    Sir Malcolm Williamson (Class of 1957) After leaving school, Sir Malcolm started work for Barclays in Whitworth Street, Bolton. He entered the RAF for his National Service, where he was told he had an “aptitude for numbers” so was assigned to work with radar equipment for fighter jets throughout his postings. During his second RAF posting in...

  • Angela Williams, CMG

    Angela Williams, CMG (née Needham, 1956-1963)Director of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees Arriving at Bolton School just before my twelfth birthday, I was already dreaming of going to Africa at the first opportunity. Visits from the “Lulindi leper man”, readings from Naught for your Comfort in Thursday morning...

  • Rob Dobson

    Rob Dobson (1973-1982) After my family my main interest is in technology and small tech companies. I’ve been fortunate to have founded, built-up and sold a successful software business in the mobile phone industry. This has put me in a position to pursue those interests by mentoring and investing in a number of tech start-ups. I’m writing this in...

  • Edith Falla

    Edith Falla – Girls’ Division Staff, 1945-19801920-2005 Edith Falla taught Mathematics in the Girls’ Division for 35 years, under the Headships of both Miss Meade and Miss Higginson. Upon her retirement in July 1980, the following tribute was made to her: “At the end of this term Miss Falla retires after 35 years service; she has left an...

  • Ed Scott

    Ed Scott (1999-2006) I left School in 2006 with a place to study medicine at Leeds University. During my time at school I played lots of Waterpolo, winning the national championships with school at all three age groups. I was also selected to represent the Senior GB team during my A level years and competed in the 2006 Commonwealth championships...

  • Sylvia Walker

    Sylvia Walker – Girls’ Division Staff, 1972 -1993 Sylvia Walker, who taught Mathematics at School for 21 years, was nominated by members of the Girls’ Division Common Room as one of their choices for the 100 Inspiring Minds project, such was the lasting impact of her time at School. Below, you can read Margaret Dickinson’s obituary for Sylvia,...

  • Philip William Bryce Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme

    Philip William Bryce Lever, 3rd Viscount Leverhulme – Chairman of Governors, 1949-1990 The 3rd Viscount Leverhulme continued the staunch support offered to the School by his father and grandfather before him, acting as Chairman of Governors for 40 years. His involvement in School life throughout that time was extensive, and the School continues...

  • Mark Radcliffe

    Mark Radcliffe (1966-1976) I am currently presenter of the afternoon show on BBC6 Music with Stuart Maconie and the Folk Show on Radio 2. I also present some stuff on TV including the Glastonbury Festival. For many years I was on Radio 1 as the ‘Mark’ half of Mark and Lard. I’ve written four books and spent a lifetime playing in bands. I’m...

  • Professor Jill Clayton-Smith

    Professor Jill Clayton-Smith (née Clayton, 1970-1977) I am a Professor in Medical Genetics at the University of Manchester.  I went to Bolton School at the age of eleven and attended from 1970 to 1977. I had been awarded a scholarship by Lancashire County Council which covered both my fees and travel expenses, without which I would not have been...

  • Professor Roy Jackson, FRS

    Professor Roy Jackson, FRS (1942-1949) I was born in Bolton and attended the local primary school, before joining Bolton School.  After two years’ National Service in the Royal Air Force I went on to Trinity College, Cambridge University, where I received my undergraduate degree, with a major in theoretical physics. For several years I then...

  • Katie Clinton

    Katie Clinton (1990-1997)Partner in KPMG LLP Born and bred in Bolton, I attended the Girls’ Division from 1990 until 1997 and after GCSEs, studied A Levels in History, English Language, Mathematics and Business Studies. Destined to become a primary school teacher, I had a last minute change of heart prior to my UCAS form submission and instead...

  • John Blakey

    John Blakey – Boys’ Division Staff, 1944-1976 John Blakey was a much-loved member of the Boys’ Division teaching staff for over thirty years, who is remembered fondly by many Old Boys today.   Below, you can read two tributes to John, both written by colleague Jim Dawson.  The first is the tribute following his retirement, published in the 1976...

  • Judith Knott

    Judith Knott (née Kenyon, 1970-1978) I must have been rather a swotty type at School, musical but definitely not arty or sporty.  I went on to study Modern and Medieval Languages (German and Russian) at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, having insisted against all advice on applying to one of the old ‘male’ Cambridge colleges, which were just starting to...

  • John Markland

    John Markland (1956-1966) I left Bolton School in 1966 for University in Scotland – Dundee, although I am so old it was part of St. Andrews when I started there. I stayed on after my first degree (Geography) to work for a PhD and also did some university teaching. After numerous failed attempts to obtain a full time academic job, I applied for a...

  • Rachel Flanders

    Rachel Flanders (1999-2010) I joined Bolton School in 1999, when I went into the Junior School in Year 6.  I continued into the Senior School, where I found my strengths in Maths and Science.  After my GCSEs I got a taste for adventure when reading James Cracknell and Ben Fogle’s book about rowing across the Atlantic.  Instead of returning for my...

  • Clifford ‘Butch’ Ingham

    Clifford ‘Butch’ Ingham – Boys’ Division Staff, 1942-1970 Clifford ‘Butch’ Ingham was a member of the Boys’ Division Staff for 28 years, whose legendary status continues in the memories of generations of Old Boys, and Bolton School folklore, to this day.  Although a well-respected teacher of Classics, CHI achieved this status through the ‘Trek...

  • Val Hanrahan

    Val Hanrahan – Girls’ Division Staff, 1968-2014 Val Hanrahan was a much–loved member of staff, teaching Mathematics in the Girls’ Division from 1968 to 2014. She came to Bolton School from lecturing at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and despite retiring once in 2002, she returned to continue teaching in the Girls’ Division until 2014. Below you can...

  • Ross Warburton, MBE

    Ross Warburton, MBE (1969-1974) Ross graduated in 1980 from Oriel College, University of Oxford, after reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics, (PPE). He then went on to work in the City for five years as an Investment Manager for Invesco before joining the family business in 1985. In 1991, he became Warburton’s Executive Chairman, where he...

  • Ursula Newton

    Ursula Newton (née Farrell, 1976-1983) Ursula Newton (née Farrell) attended Bolton School from 1976 to 1983 and is now a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Having read Maths at university, Ursula joined Price Waterhouse in Windsor and subsequently moved to London, where she was one of the founders of the Capital Markets Group working with...

  • Simon Dixon

    Simon Dixon (1968-1978) As an historian of tsarist times, I spend most of my time teaching and writing about the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. But I’m interested in all aspects of modern Russia and enjoy my role as chairman of the Russian Booker Prize Literary Committee, which takes me to Moscow several times a year.  My most recent book...

  • Heather Henry

    Heather Henry (née Fisher, 1972-1979) I left school to become a student nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary.  After that I worked for the majority of my career as a nurse and then manager in the NHS, before starting my own business, Brightness Management, with the aim of offering ‘a few bright ideas for health and social care’. My focus is on...

  • Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, KBE

    Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, KBE – Old Boy  Arthur Henry Rostron was born in Bolton on 14 May 1869 and attended Bolton School in the early 1880s.  In his autobiography, Home from the Sea, he says it was at the age of five or six that he expressed his ambition to become a sailor; an unusual choice of career for a Bolton boy whose family had no direct...

  • Margaret Dickinson and Veronica Millington

    Margaret Dickinson – Girls’ Division Staff, 1972-2006 and Veronica Millington – Girls’ Division Staff, 1988-2006 Margaret Dickinson graduated from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and joined the Girls’ Division in 1972. She was successively Head of Mathematics, Head of Careers and, from 1990, Deputy Headmistress before retiring in...

  • Alan Mitchell

    Alan Mitchell, Boys’ Division Staff (1950-1985) and Acting Headmaster (1982-1983) Eminent academic, accomplished sportsman and musician, Alan Mitchell was a long-serving and hugely respected member of the Boys’ Division common room for 35 years, whose Bolton School career culminated in a year spent as Acting Headmaster from 1982-1983. Alan...

  • Rita Joyce Garthwaite

    Rita Joyce Garthwaite (née Shipperbottom ) Former Pupil 1957 – 1964 and Former Girls’ Division Staff 1976 – 2006 I attended my local Primary School – Turton Methodist School in Harwood, when Harwood was just a small village. If you passed the 11+ you went to Darwen Grammar and if not you went to Turton School. However, at that time Bolton had...

  • Alan Wright

    Alan Wright, Former Headmaster 1983–2002 A graduate in Chemistry from Birmingham University, Alan Wright came to Bolton School from Newcastle Royal Grammar School, where he had been Head of Department. In 1983 he commenced what became the third longest headmastership in the School’s history, presiding over the Boys’ Division for almost two...

  • Jane Panton

    Jane Panton, Headmistress of Bolton School Girls’ Division, 1994-2005 Jane Panton studied History at Oxford and was Head of Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby, before being appointed Head of the Girls’ Division in 1994. “In my beginning is my end”. This line from T. S. Eliot was my school motto at Grammar School. It is prophetic. Before this, I...

  • Mervyn Brooker

    Mervyn Brooker – Boys’ Division Headmaster, 2003-2008 I was born in Burton on Trent , but have lived in various parts of the Midlands, London and Lancashire. I consider myself to be a naturalised Lancastrian, certainly by nature, if not by birth. I am married with two grown up daughters and two lively grandchildren. My schooling took place at...

  • Dr Margaret Spurr, OBE

    Dr Margaret Spurr, OBE, Headmistress of Bolton School Girls’ Division (1979 – 1994) A graduate in English Literature and American Studies from Keele University, Margaret Spurr came to Bolton School from Fair Oak School in Staffordshire, where she had been Deputy Head. In 1979 she began her post as Headmistress of the Girls’ Division, presiding...

  • David Shaw

    David Shaw – Boys’ Division Staff, 1964-2002 David Shaw taught physics in the Boys’ Division from 1964 to 2002.  He was Harwood Housemaster, Third Year Block Master, Senior Master and for his last 17 years Deputy Headmaster.  He is the joint author of Bolton Boys in Focus. Below you can read David’s memories of his time at Bolton School, taken...

  • Constance Howarth

    Constance Howarth attended Bolton School in the 1940s, before leaving to studying Art at the Manchester College of Art.  She went on to become a freelance fabric designer, milliner, dressmaker, business woman and sometime model, earning her fame from Lancashire to London and New York. Whilst at School, Constance won the Susan Mary Simpson Art...

  • Charles Winder

    Charles Winder (Boys’ Division Staff, 1964-1999) Charles read English at Downing College, Cambridge, and trained as a teacher at London University.  From 1961 to 1964 he taught at Elliott School, Putney, and joined the staff of Bolton School in 1964.  In 1967 he became Senior English Master and, late in his career, Director of Studies (Arts).  In...

  • Stuart Cumming

    Stuart Cumming (1944-51)  Stuart Cumming left Bolton School to study Medicine at Manchester University and after qualifying worked at Bolton General Hospital. He decided to leave the UK in the early 1960s, fed up with the politics of the time, and joined the Royal Australian Navy. Stuart then headed to Lagos, Nigeria and later in 1965 went to the...

  • Gill Richards

    Gill Richards Headmistress, Girls’ Division: 2005-2011 Gill studied History and Politics at the University of Wales before completing her PGCE at the University of Reading.  She spent 24 years working in the state-maintained sector before joining Belvedere School in Liverpool, as Deputy Head in 1996. A year later she became Headmistress. She...

  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder, TD DL

    Ernest Ryder (1962-1976) The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder attended Bolton School from 1962 to 1976, before reading Law at Cambridge University. At the time he was the youngest High Court Judge in the country at the age of 45, before being appointed a Lord Justice in 2013. He gave the following address to Boys’ Division pupils in May 2015: “I am a...

  • Nicola Grinstead

    Nicola Grinstead (1989-1996) I consider myself very lucky to have not just one, but two jobs that I care about passionately! Professionally, I work for the NHS – after graduating in Geography from the University of Nottingham I joined the NHS Management Training Scheme; a two year graduate programme in which participants work on post-graduate...

  • Sub Lieutenant Peter Hartshorn

    Sub Lieutenant Peter Hartshorn (1931-39) Peter lived on Harper’s Lane in Bolton and attended Boys’ Division from 1931 to 1939. He was a very active pupil, representing the School in swimming, playing the ‘cello in the School orchestra, as well as being a keen Scout and gymnast. Peter left School to take up a place at Manchester University to...

  • Jack Forster

    Jack Forster (1988-2005) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career? My career has taken quite a change of direction in the last few years.  Upon completing my A levels at Bolton School, I moved down to Gloucester and began a professional rugby career whilst studying a degree in agriculture at Hartpury College.  I...

  • Anne-Marie Hutchings

    Anne-Marie Hutchings (Girls’ Division Staff 1983-2004) Anne-Marie Hutchings joined Bolton School in 1983, and became Head of Modern Foreign Languages in 1986, a post she held for a further 15 years. She sadly died in 2004. Madame Hutchings was an inspirational teacher for her pupils and was held in extremely high regard, as the following...

  • Wing Commander John Scott–Taggart, OBE MC

    Wing Commander John Scott–Taggart, OBE MC (Class of 1915) John Scott-Taggart left Bolton School in 1915 and went on to become a British radio engineer, serving with distinction in both World Wars. He applied his significant technical expertise, first to radio and then radar, making considerable contribution to the war effort. Between the Wars,...

  • George Lancashire

    George Lancashire – Boys’ Division Staff, 1943-1983, died 11th November 2006, aged 85. George Lancashire was a member of the Boys’ Division Common Room for forty years, and his inspirational teaching and wise guidance is credited by many Old Boys as being behind their success in later life, inspiring them to continue their studies in his subject...

  • Victoria Connelly (née Bayley)

    Victoria Connelly (née Bayley, 1993-2000) I’m currently a Global Procurement Manager for the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca based in Cambridge; prior to this I worked in similar roles at both Google and Glaxosmithkline (GSK). Whilst at GSK I was fortunate to receive funding to undertake an MBA in Strategy and Procurement Management at the...

  • Sir Harry Kroto

    Sir Harry Kroto (1950-58) Sir Harry was born in Cambridgeshire to parents who had left Germany as refugees during the Second World War. The family then moved to Bolton when he was a small child and set up a balloon manufacturing and printing company and he came to Bolton School from 1950 to 1958. After developing a fascination with Chemistry,...

  • Lord Haslam

    Lord Haslam (1934-1941, and Chairman of Governors 1990-1997) Robert Haslam attended Bolton School from 1934-1941. He had a full and varied career after leaving School, culminating in becoming Chairman of British Coal and receiving a knighthood in 1986. He was created a life peer on his retirement in 1990. He accepted the invitation to succeed...

  • Valerie Stevens

    Valerie Stevens (née Dean, 1951-1958) I graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in Geography, married Malcolm Stevens (who went to the Boys’ Division) and spent a few years as a teacher.  Then there was a gap while I had two children before reviewing a new book in 1969 called Population, Resources, Environment by Professor Paul...

  • Haseeb Hameed

    Haseeb Hameed (2010-2015) In August 2015, Haseeb Hameed was picking up his A level results from Bolton School; fifteen months later, on Wednesday 9th November 2016, he opened the batting for England against India in the first test match in Rajkot, scoring 31 runs in his debut. He became England’s fifth youngest Test player and youngest ever...

  • Laura Nuttall, OBE DL

    Laura Nuttall, OBE DL (Bolton School Governor 2011-2014) Described by many as a ‘remarkable woman’, appreciated by her peers as a very accomplished business woman and lovingly cherished by all her family as a wonderful wife, mother, granny and sister, Laura Nuttall sadly died suddenly after suffering a brain tumour at the age of 66 in June...

  • Irving Wardle

    Irving Wardle (1940-47) After Bolton School Irving Wardle went to Oxford (Wadham) thence to National Service, and finally to the Royal College of Music. He was a 26 before he got a job. That was at the Times Educational Supplement, from which he slid sideways into becoming theatre critic for their main paper where he stayed from 1963 to 1989....

  • David Mohyuddin

    David Mohyuddin, QC (1987-1994) I joined 1A in 1987, from Devonshire Road County Primary School. I was School Captain 1993-94 and left the Upper Sixth with A-Levels in French, German, English Literature and General Studies to read Law at Birmingham University. I completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called...

  • Stuart Brooks, CMG OBE

    Stuart Brooks, CMG OBE (1956-1966) Stuart left Bolton School in 1966 to study English at Churchill College, Cambridge University. He represented the college on the “University Challenge” team before graduating in 1969 and successfully applied to go before the Civil Service Selection Board. He was appointed to the Diplomatic Service where he...

  • Gill Pearl

    Gill Pearl (née Robinson, 1967-1977) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career?By background I am a speech and language therapist who has worked for many years with adults who have neurological damage, in particular people who have had a stroke. After qualifying from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh I worked for the...

  • Ian Jones

    Ian Jones (1976-1982) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career?After leaving Bolton School I studied photography for four years, an OND course at Wigan which enabled me to go onto Swansea to take an HND in commercial photography. Whilst taking a post graduate course at the Bournemouth College of Art I worked with an...

  • Frank Kenyon

    Frank Kenyon (1933-2016) – Bolton School Boys’ Division, 1944-1952 Frank was born in November, 1933, and grew up in Lever Grove, Bolton, in a “two up, two down” terraced house, close enough to hear the cheers from Burnden Park. He was the only son of Elizabeth and James ‘Jim’ Kenyon, a foreman at Walker’s Tannery. Having started his education at...

  • Professor Malcolm Stevens, OBE FRS

    Professor Malcolm Stevens, OBE FRS Malcolm Stevens attended Bolton School from 1944 to 1957. After leaving School, he gained a 1st Class Degree in Pharmacy and subsequently a PhD at Nottingham University before embarking on a prominent career in groundbreaking research into treatments for cancer. He discovered and developed Temozolomide, the...

  • Laura Moss

    Laura Moss (née Tomlinson, 1994-2001) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career?After a few years working as a lawyer in London, I quit my job and spent 16 months cycling around the world. I cycled 13,000 miles through 27 countries, mainly camping or staying with local people. The journey took me across Europe, the...

  • Michael Griffiths

    Michael Griffiths (1958-1965 and Chairman of the Bolton School Governing Body) Michael attended Bolton School from 1958 to 1965 and was School Captain in his final year. Following a gap year on VSO he studied Industrial Economics at Nottingham University. After graduating, he joined Arthur Andersen and became a chartered accountant specialising...

  • Nigel Short, MBE

    Nigel Short, MBE (1976-1981) Nigel is a chess grandmaster, columnist, coach and chess commentator. After becoming the youngest International Master in chess history aged 14 (breaking Bobby Fischers’ 1958 record), he was awarded the grandmaster title in 1984, aged 19 – becoming the youngest grandmaster in the world at that time, he is now...

  • Karen Diggle

    Karen Diggle – Old Girl (Class of 1976) and Governor Karen was Deputy Head Girl during her time at Bolton School, before leaving in 1976 to study History at Nottingham University. Alongside studying for her degree, Karen discovered a passion for coxing. She was soon invited to join the British National Ladies Rowing Team and became the first...

  • Lord Peter Smith

    Lord Peter Smith (1956-1964) I was born and raised in Leigh and went to Bolton School on a scholarship at 11. After Bolton School, I attended the London School of Economics, then trained as a college lecturer and taught politics and economics in colleges in London and then in Manchester. I was first elected as a Labour Councillor to Wigan Council...

  • Emma Saunders

    Emma Saunders – Old Girl (Class of 2012) Commonwealth Silver & Bronze Medal-Winning Swimmer Emma Saunders left Bolton School in 2012, having won Silver and Bronze swimming medals in the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010. As a 16 year old at the time, she was the youngest member of the GB swim team and picked up a Silver medal in the 4 x 100m...

  • Major William Ainsworth

    Major William Ainsworth William Ainsworth served in the 5th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was killed in action on 16 April 1917, aged 39. Major Ainsworth was the highest ranking officer connected with Bolton School to die as a result of either of the two World Wars. The 5th Battalion was mobilised soon after the outbreak...

  • Professor Peter Robson, OBE FREng

    Professor Peter Neville Robson OBE FREng (1942-49) Died January 2010, aged 79. Peter was born in 1930 and attended Devonshire Road School before entering Bolton School on a Scholarship in September 1942. He was a distinguished scientist and engineer, internationally renowned for his pioneering work in the field of semiconductor materials and...

  • Andrew Palmer

    Andrew Palmer (Class of 1977) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career?During three years studying economics at Cambridge I dreamt of working for the World Bank and eliminating poverty in Africa. I was rudely awoken by the cost of a postgraduate course in development economics at Harvard, the apparent door opener for...

  • The Lady Smith of Leigh, DL

    Joy Lesley Smith (née Booth, Class of 1963)Photo Credit – Michael Orrell I joined Bolton School aged eight, after the Entrance Examination and an interview with the Headmistress, Miss Varley, but she was soon to be replaced by Miss Higginson, who was a formative influence. At 11-plus I was awarded a residual place in the III Form. I did not want...

  • Chris Eatough

    Chris Eatough (1986-1990) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career?I attended Bolton School from 1986 to 1990. I played many sports for Bolton School, including football, cricket, track and field, tennis, swimming, water polo and duathlon. In 1990, I moved to America with my parents. In America, I became a professional...

  • Sarah Ann Murray

    Sarah Ann Murray (1999-2001) Sarah graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Law and French but shunned a career in the corporate legal world for a career in the creative industries, where her true passion lies. She is now an independent menswear stylist hired by magazines, brands, production companies and publicists to style a model,...

  • Nicola Rigby

    Nicola Rigby (1993-2000) I left Bolton School in 2000 and went straight into Newcastle University to do a BA (Hons) in Geography. After three great years I came home and started work experience in the Planning, Development and Regeneration team in the Manchester office of GVA, an international property consultancy. I had a brief spell in London...

  • Deanne Cunningham

    Deanne Cunningham (1994 -2001, Head Girl 2001) I left Bolton School in 2001 to study law at Magdalen College, Oxford University. After 3 years of study, I took my Legal Practice exams and joined the corporate law firm, Hogan Lovells. I spent two hectic years as a trainee solicitor in London and Tokyo before realising I wanted to pursue a more...

  • Robin Partington

    Robin Partington (1964-1978) I grew up in Lostock, Bolton surrounded by architects and engineers. School holidays were spent immersed in heavy engineering and cutting oil, working in my stepfather’s factory in Nelson Square, Bolton, or at my mother’s architectural practice on Chorley New Road, close to the School. These early experiences nurtured...

  • Chris Goudge

    Chris Goudge (1949-1954) was a suberb athlete who represented Great Britain in the 400m hurdles at the Rome Olympics in 1960. Whilst a pupil in the Boys’ Division, Chris played the clarinet, was a member of The Orchestral Society and was Secretary of the Philatelic Society. However, it was on the sports field that he enjoyed his greatest...

  • Harry Whittle

    Harry Whittle (1933-1940) was a European and Olympic athlete. He competed in the 400m hurdles at the 1948 Olympics in London and he captained the British athletics team at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki where he finished fifth in the 400m hurdles and also competed in the long jump. Harry’s sporting career began at School and is well documented in...

  • Betty Vause, MBE

    Betty Vause, MBE became the Chairman of the Girls’ Division Committee in 1976. A former pupil, she taught at Beech House and served as a Governor for 37 years until her retirement in 1998, including a period as Vice Chairman of the joint Governing Body – the first woman to hold the post. Betty was born in Bolton in August 1922. Her father was the...

  • John Roberts

    John Roberts (Class of 1992) Could you write a brief pen portrait about yourself and your career? My life and career has been unorthodox. My first job was working 40 hours a week, while doing my A levels, at The Last Drop Hotel as a waiter, and bar man. It was a great experience: whilst it had the inevitable impact on my academic results, it...

  • Sir Ian McKellen

    Sir Ian McKellen (1951-1958) Sir Ian McKellen has won more than 40 major awards for performances on stage and screen, playing King Lear and Widow Twanky, visiting Coronation Street and filming The Da Vinci Code, Gods and Monsters, Richard III – and two trilogies – X-Men and The Lord of the Rings.  Ian’s early fascination with theatre was...