Famous Old Boys

There is no such a thing as a typical Fullerian.  We have amongst our Old Boys sportsmen, clergymen, medics, lawyers, academics, businessmen, writers, philanthropists, actors and artists. What they all share is the School ethos which has for generations inspired intellectual curiosity, a competitive spirit, creative thinking, social responsibility and leadership.  Most of all it has nurtured friendships and an affection for the School. Some notable Old Boys include :


Gerald Moore (1899–1987), piano accompanist

Edgar Anstey (1907–1987), documentary film pioneer

Eric Robinson (1908–1974), BBC television music presenter-conductor

Air Vice Marshall Robert Bateson (1914 -) RAF Officer led the raid on Gestapo Headquarters during the Second World War. ADC to the Queen

Terence Otway (1914–2006), commander of the paratroop assault on the Merville Battery on D-Day

Peter Laslett (1915–2001), historian

Reverend Canon Arthur Peacocke (1924–2006), theologian and evolutionist

Raymond Barkway (1926 - ) Represented Great Britain in the 110 metre hurdles in the London Olympic Games in 1948

Terry Scott (1927–1994), actor and comedian

Dr John David Keith Burton CBE. MVO (1929 - 2004), Coroner to the Royal Household

John Clark (1932– ), actor and director

Donald WJ Anthony (1933 - 2012) Represented Great Britain in the Hammer Throw during the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and dedicated his life to the Olympic Movement

A.D. (Tony) Nuttall (1937–2008), professor of English at Sussex and Oxford

Andrew Mahaddie (1939 - 2014) Architect and Urban Designer

George Walker (1942– ), director general of the International Baccalaureate Organization

David Crighton (1942–2000), professor of applied mathematics, Master of Jesus College, Cambridge

John Grillo (1942– ), theatre, film and television actor and playwright

Dr Eric Albone, Research Associate at the Centre for Public Engagement & Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association

Sir Ian Prosser (1943– ), , chairman of Bass plc, later Six Continents

Sir Andrew Davis (1944– ), orchestral conductor

Rt Revd John Hind (1945– ), Bishop of Chichester

Michael Rosen (1946– ), poet, writer and radio presenter, Children's Laureate

John Taylor (1946– ) Former Wales and British Lions rugby player and Managing Director of the London Welsh Rugby Club

John Hardy  (1935–2011), Professor of Physics at the University of Nebraska

David Sullivan (1949– ), publisher and Chairman of West Ham United FC

Professor Philip A Jones (1950 - ) Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Adrian Leaper (1953– ), orchestral conductor

Michael Purton, principal horn, Hallé Orchestra, record producer

Michael Thompson (1954– ), principal horn, Philharmonia Orchestra, horn soloist, professor, Royal Academy of Music

Simon Munnery, comedian and comedy writer

Geoffrey James, Assistant Division Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Dr Simon Boxall, lecturer in Oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

David Pyatt (1974– ), Principal Horn London Symphony Orchestra. Winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1988

Josh Lewsey (1976– ), England rugby player

Don Barrell ( 1986 - ) Saracens rugby player

 and some notable teachers include: 

Sir Stanley Rous (football referee and FIFA president) was an assistant master (sports) 1921–1934

Harry Rée (educationist and wartime member of the Special Operations Executive) was headmaster 1951–1962

George Walker (director general of the International Baccalaureate Organization) was a chemistry teacher 1966–1968.

Sir John Holman (Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York and Senior Education Adviser for The Wellcome Trust, Master of the Salters' Company and  former Centre Director at the National Science Learning Centre)  Headmaster 1994-2000