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Rutlish School Alumni

With it's long history it is unsurprising that Rutlish has many notable alumni; war heroes, politicians, musicians, sportsmen and businessmen. Some have remained involved in the school over the years through the Rutlish Foundation, Old Rutlishians or the governing body

If you would like to be added to our list we would love to hear from you, with your memories of the school. Please email us:

 Please see below details about an archive appeal for Rutlish and Old Rutlishians Association records.

Tariq Ahmad, Baron Ahmad of Wimbledon, Member of the House of Lords from 2010
(Rutlish 1979 - 1986)


Dr Walter Allwright, renowned dentist (Rutlish 1926 - 1933)



James Boiling, cricketer, while at Rutlish was the Daily Telegraph Young Bowler of the Year 1986, played professionally for Surrey
(Rutlish 1979 - 1986

Tom Braddock, Labour MP from 1945 to 1950 of Mitcham
(Rutlish 1898 - 1903)
Raymond Briggs, illustrator, best known for The Snowman
(Rutlish 1945 - 1952)
David Brooks, rugby union played for Harlequins and managed the British Lions in 1968
(Rutlish 1935 - 1942)

Terry Bullivant, professional footballer (Rutlish 1974 - 1975)

Chris Bullen,  Surrey cricketer from 1982 to 1994
(Rutlish 1976 - 1982)

Lt Col Dean Canham OBE
Commanding Officer in the British Army

John Rostill, English musician, bassist and composer. He worked with several artists before joining the Shadows, including the Interns, the Flintstones and a stint as part of Zoot Money's early backing band. He also played in the bands recruited to back such visiting artists as the Everly Brothers and Tommy Roe.

(Rutlish 1953 - 1959

2nd Lt George Cates VC
(Rutlish 1903 - 1910)

He was a 24 years old second lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own)British Army, during the First World War, and was awarded the VC for his actions on 8 March 1917 at Bouchavesnes, France.

Malcolm Toft is an audio engineer, businessman and manufacturer of professional audio products. Toft was also co-owner of The Music Mill Studios in Newton Abbot, Devon. In 2009 he was awarded a visiting professorship by Leeds College of Music. He is also a member of the University of West London Student Advisory board.

Oswald Clarke CBE local government and well known layman in the Church of England
(Rutlish 1928 - 1935)
photo of the wooden plaque commemorating when Rutlish was established and moved sites The Very Reverand Frederick Cogman Dean of Guernsey
(Rutlish 1924 - 1931)
Derek Cons, Judge of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong Gerry Cottle, owner Gerry Cottle's Circus, Moscow State Circus, Chinese State Circus, Wookey Hole Caves: left school to ran away to join the circus
(Rutlish 1955 - 61)
Jason Cundy, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Tottenham football player
(Rutlish 1981 - 1986)

photo of the blue plaque at Rutlish School, on the Manor House commemorating John Innes living there


David Daniels, cricketer
(Rutlish 1956 - 1963) 

an old black and white school photo of staff and students


The Rt Rev John Dennis, , Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich from 1986 to 1996 and father of Hugh Dennis
(Rutlish 1942 - 1949)

Lt Col John Dimmer VC MC, d.1918 see our school history 1914 
(Rutlish 1895 - 1902)

A 31 year old lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, Dimmer was awarded the VC for his actions on 12 November 1914 at Klein Zillebeke, Belgium.

Sir Frank Edward Figgures CB CMG, first secretary general 1960 to 1965 of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), director general 1971 to 1973 of the National Economic Development Office (NEDO)
(Rutlish 1921 - 1928)

Francis Henry Ellingham, bank manager Barclays London 
(Rutlish c1911)

Rutlish student Francis Ellingham

Steve Finnan, Liverpool and Ireland footballer
(Rutlish 1989 - 1992)
Sir David Follett, director from 1960 to 1973 of the Science Museum
(Rutlish 1919 - 1926)

photo of the old Rutlish Science School

Wasim Haq, sports industry recruitment, Managing Partner at First Teams Partners Search & Selection, board member of Essex County Cricket Club and member of the LTA and FA Council

4 black and white photos from 1930 of the old school building, internal and external

Edward Brian Tubby Hayes, jazz musician
(Rutlish 1946-1951)

Andrew Huxtable, Sports Council and athletics statistician, son of artist Sidney Huxtable
(Rutlish 1949-1956)

Akram Khan MBE, dancer and choreographer

Tariq Knight, TV illusionist
(Rutlish 1996 - 2000)

photo of the wooden plaque commemorating when Rutlish was established and moved sites

Walter Livsey, cricketer for Hampshire and Rutlish

Roundsman 1950 to 1970

photo of John Major, then prime minister, with Rutlish Students

Duncan Lofthouse, one of the first students to join Rutlish Science School in 1895 on a scholarship. He went on the service as a governor between 1934 to 1947 including Chair of Governors photo on one of the old Rutlish buildings

Sir John Major KG, CH, Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997
(Rutlish 1954 - 1959)

Dean McDonald English professional footballer
(Rutlish 1998 - 2002)

Graham Mills, former Chair of Governors and Clerk to the Trustees of the Rutlish Foundation
(Rutlish 1966 - 1973)

Sir Morien Morgan CB, aeronautical engineer, including Concorde, and master from 1972 to 1978 of Downing College, Cambridge 

Geoff Norcott, comedian, write and political commentator


Peter Norrie current Chair of Governors attended Rutlish School from 1970, Chairman of the Rutlish Foundation

Sir Patrick Geoffrey O'Neill, Professor of Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Sir Frederick Page CBE, aeronautical engineer
(Rutlish 1928 - 1935)
Geoffrey Paul, Bishop of Bradford from 1981 to 1983
(Rutlish 1932-1939)
spartans house photo 1954
Spartan 1954


rutlish logo

Wing Commander ACE Holbourn (Alan) OBE BA MRAeS (Rtd)
(Rutlish 1947 - 1952)

Test Pilot for over 20 years at RAE Farnborough, RAE Bedford, and A&AEE Boscombe Down (piloted about 100 Types and Marks of aircraft)

Chris Perry, footballer
(Rutlish 1984-1989)
Bernarr Rainbow, FRSA, organist (Rutlish 1926 - 1933) Ian Redford, actor
(Rutlish 1962 - 1969) 
John Rostill, musician, The Shadows third bass guitarist
(Rutlish 1953 - 1959)
Zadin Sadiq, cricketer for Surrey and Derbyshire 1988 - 1990
(Rutlish 1976 - 1981)
Leslie Salmon, consultant otolaryngologist
Douglas Seale, actor and director
(Rutlish 1925 - 1932)
Mim Shaikh, actor, broadcaster and spoken-word poet
(Rutlish 2003 - 2007)
Stephen Shaw CBE, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman since 2001 and director from 1981 to 1999 of the Prison Reform Trust
(Rutlish 1964 - 1971)

Mohammad Faisal Syed
(Rutlish 2001 - 2005)


Keith Sutton
(Rutlish 1935 - 1940)

Rum Jasavala
(Rutlish 1978-1986)

Was the FIVES’s Captain for many years.

Mick Talbot, musician, co-founder of The Style Council


Frank Taylor Conservative MP from 1961 to 1974 for Manchester Moss Side
(Rutlish 1919 - 1926)

Mark Thomas editor, 2003-08 of The People newspaper
(Rutlish 1980 - 1985)

Harold Turner, former Mayor of Merton and Chair of Governors for over 17 years
(Rutlish 1939 - 1945)


Professor Richard Vogler, professor of law and criminal justice at University of Sussex


Chris Wormald, permanent secretary of the Department of Education 2016

Educated at Rutlish School and joined the Civil Service in 1991 into the Department for Education

Bob Sanders
(Rutlish 1949 - 1956)


black and white photo of the new school buildings in 1957

Ron Peck - the filmmaker who directed Britain's "first" gay movie, Nighthawks (about a gay teacher searching for love in 1970s London and outer by his students)

Born 15 May 1948; died 2 November 2022

The Guardian obituary

photo of the old school building



Memories from ex student Philip Cazaly who was at the school from 1941.


"On the first day I was grouped together with other new pupils in the main hall quite in awe of the cathedral like roof with is giant beams, coats of arms and the flags including Lord Nelsons own flag duly torn and holed by bullets...."

1943: "...the following morring I cycled to school and was horrified to find just a pile of rubble. The science and junior buildings had been hit by a Doodlebug and completely destroyed.


Please enjoy this clip from a few years ago "Rutlish News" 

Archive Appeal

Ian Lambert, of the Old Rutlishians Association, has been developing the archive of records, information and memories of both the school and Old Ruts. He says:

I began this project many years ago in case our history was ‘lost’ in some disaster such as flood or fire or simply carelessness! The archive includes all the material which is to be found in the loft at the clubhouse plus from elsewhere BUT it is not complete. It includes School records, photos and reunions. Newspaper records of the World War exploits of O.R.s compiled by Incognitus are all to be found in there as well as team, school, staff and house photographs back into the early 20th Century.

But there are gaps which need plugging - MISSING (but by no means a comprehensive list!)

School Magazines Nothing between 1922 and 1943
1943 to 1946
1947 No 2
1961-62 No. 17 (May not have a number)
1962-63 No. 18 (May not have a number)
1966-67 and nothing until 1981 the 1985 and little beyond 1988

ORA The Quarterly No. 6 Vol II September 1961 and The Quarterly No. 7 Vol II December 1961; The Quarterly No. 12 1962 AND The Quarterly No. 13 1963; Newsletters or The AURA between September 1974 and Spring 1978; 1978 Autumn; 1979 Spring AND Autumn; 1980 Spring AND Autumn; 1981 Spring AND Autumn; 1982 Spring; 1983 Autumn; 1984 Spring; 1985 Spring AND Autumn; 1986 Spring AND Autumn; 1987 Spring AND Autumn; 1988 Spring.

School Team Photographs especially the 2nd and 3rd XIs & XVs for rugby and cricket.

We do not appear to have much soccer school memorabilia either.

If you can help then please contact me on MY EMAIL and we can sort out the best way to get them onto the archive.

Thank you
Ian Lambert

To view the archived records held please follow these links;

Old Rutlishians Archive

The First Hundred Years

The Famous & Infamous Old Boys