News snippets

Sophie Proud (KES 2009-2014) and her family have emigrated to Australia. She finished her studies at Scotch College and achieved an 'ATAR' score of 99.95% placing her among the top six of 14,000 students in South Australia. She won a Chancellor's scholarship to study economics at Melbourne University and started there in February 2016.

Freddie Richards (KES 2008-2013) has been awarded a Davies Senior Scholarship for 2016/2017 and the Peake Prize, from Emmanuel College, Cambridge following outstanding summer examination results.

Rowan Akin-Smith (KES 2010-2012) took part in the Mongol Rally this year. The event is a 10,000 mile long journey from London to just north of Mongolia, driving through countries such as Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia and undertaken in old cars with engines of less than 1 litre. With his rally partner they raised money for UNICEF. Visit Rowan’s website to see images of his journey or to sponsor him retrospectively.

Tom Brown (KES 2006-2011) played for Oxford in the Oxford v Cambridge football varsity match. Oxford won 2-0 and he played the full match.

Ellie Steel (KES 2003-2010) won a Gold medal in the European Powerlifting Championships in Prague. The competition consisted of three events, the squat, the bench press and the dead lift and she won Gold in the bench press and an overall Silver medal for the three events combined. 

Daniel Sawyer (KES 1999-2007)
completed a DPhil in English at St Hilda's College, Oxford in December 2015 with a doctoral thesis on poetry in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century manuscripts. While a postgraduate, he held the 2011/12 Jeremy Griffiths Studentship in the History of the Book at Oxford and the 2014–15 Riley Fellowship at the Huntington Library, California. He is currently the postdoc attached to Oxford's three-year 'Towards a New Edition of the Wycliffite Bible' project, and took up a Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College in October.

Calum Mackenzie (KES 1995-2002) has just launched a new golf website called specialising in impartial reviews of golf courses and golf equipment. They aim to grow the game of golf through social media by using pictures/videos/drone footage with a view to modernising the game and attracting new younger golfers.

Nathan Corridon (KES 1994-1999) now lives in the Canary Islands. He recently took part in the Cronoescalada Villa de Moya – a cycling hill climb time trial. The course was over 10 km long climbing 500 metres (6.4 miles/1650 feet) and he finished 4th overall, winning his age group and only behind three elite level riders from Tenerife.

Matthew Scarborough (KES 1988-1995) won the New Zealand North Island Snooker Championships in June, was runner-up in the New Zealand Snooker Championships in July and is representing New Zealand at the World Snooker Championships in Doha Qatar this November.

Jonathan Doney (KES 1982-1989) has recently been awarded his PhD by Exeter University for a historical study on the history of Religious Education. He has just begun a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to expand his work into education policy interrogation, considering the extent to which it is ideological, indoctrinatory, and instrumentalized.

Conal Oldfield (KES 1979-1985) moved to Western Canada six years ago. He now owns and manages an ice cream manufacturing company. He is married and has two daughters.

Peter Harrold (KES 1975-1981) has recently published his debut children’s book – ‘Maria and the Ghosts of Barrengarry’. He now resides in Sydney, Australia, with his wife Caren and their three children, Caitlyn, Lydia & Cameron.

Barry Roberts (KES 1974-1980) is Director of Retail Shopper Solutions for Colgate-Palmolive and was recently recognised at the 23rd annual Path to Purchase Institute/Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Peter Mead (KES 1967-1974) is keen to get back in touch with old school friends. If you remember Peter and would like to renew contact then please email the Development Office on

Iain Sloan (KES 1965-1972) has retired after 42 years teaching music in schools in London, Bristol and Malvern but is now enjoying freelance examining for ABRSM which has taken him to Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and South Africa as well as venues in the UK.

Derek Thomson (KES 1964-1971) studied Chemical Engineering at Swansea University prior to a 36 year career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force flying Nimrod aircraft. He is now in civilian life flying Boeing 737s as a Captain for and lives in Scotland.

Richard Foyle (KES 1963-1970) studied Chemistry at university before spending most of his career working in Further Education. He retired in 2012 from his last post as Director of Higher Education at Yeovil College and is now increasingly involved as a volunteer at the WWT (Wildfowl and Wetland Trust) reserve at Steart Marshes near to his home.

Robert Bulling (KES 1961-1968) is retiring as a Consultant with law firm Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP. Robert was previously the Clerk of the Privy Council, and later the head of Charter Group at Allen & Overy LLP.

Lionel Coates (KES 1959-1967) has recently been elevated to the rank of Knight Commander in The Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. He continues to live, paint and teach mandolin on the island of Gozo.