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Famous Pupils and Teachers

Name Born Died Yrs at LEGS Comments
Robert Mee   1962-1969? High Sheriff of Cheshire. (2021)
Professor Nigel J Sparrow OBE   1966 - 1973 Professor Nigel Sparrow, chair of Target Ovarian Cancer's GP Advisory Board, was awarded an OBE for services to primary care in the New Year’s Honours List for 2015. Senior National GP Advisor. Key figure in GP professional development. Visiting Professor of General Practice at University of Lincoln.
Veronica Gail Walker (nee Mills)   1971 Author of several children's books
David Mannion   1960's Editor in Chief of ITV news. Known as Wilf at school - c.1979
Simon Groom   1970's Blue Peter Presenter? (taught English? at Long Eaton Grammar School)
Bill Bush   1980's? Adviser to PM Tony Blair and also was with the BBC
James (Sutherland) Smith   1962-67 Prizewinning poet Gregory Award, 5-times winner in National Poetry Competition, 3-times winner in Times Literary Supplement Competition, 2-times winner in Cardiff International Poetry competition, 2-times winner in Bridport International Competition, 2-times winner in Exeter International competition, First prize winner in Peterloo Internation competition, numerous prizes in USA.
The first and leading translator of Slovak poetry into English with eight books published in England, Canada and the USA.
Took part in Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989 with post-revolution political education in universities and schools in Slovakia. At present English Language Advisor to the Serbian and Montenegrin Armed Forces (SMAF) as Manager of the Peacekeeping English Project.
Piers Smith   1964-1969 First Class honours Degree in English, a Distinction in his Masters degree and a PhD (Magna cum laudem) and is now Professor of Literature at the American University in Kuwait.
Tony Higton   1953-1962 Rev Tony Higton led the Church of England General Synod in 1987 to reaffirm, in a highly-publicised debate, that fornication, adultery and homosexual acts are wrong and require repentance. Amongst other implications this meant that those involved in a non-celibate homosexual relationship should not be ordained in the church. www.christianteaching.org.uk www.prayerforpeace.org.uk
John Walters



1960-57 John Walters, who was John Peel's producer and
collaborator for most of his BBC DJ'ing, as well as
being a BBC radio presenter himself. Died a few years
During his school days he used to serve in a music shop, Draycotts, which was on the canal bridge on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
Roy Webb   1957? 59? Current Mayor of Derby (2005)
Baroness Sue Campbell,
  1960-1967 UK Sport's Chair
Michael Roger Winfield   1943- 1948 head-hunted by the Halle Orchestra. He played with the Bournemouth Symphony for some years and Principal Oboe with the Northern Symphonia.
Sir Gordon Hobday   1927 -1934? born 1 February 1916, Educated at Long Eaton C S S. and Nottingham University (BSc PhD LLD) Chairman of Boots from1972 to 1982, Lord Lt of Nottinghamshire 1983 - 91, Chancellor of Nottingham University.
Walter Gaze Cooper




musician conducted the Nottingham orchestra he had a daughter, Sylvia who was an artist and they lived at the large house on Tamworth Road.



F L Attenborough



1913-15 Frederick Levi Attenborough joined the Staff for two years after first being a pupil at the school. He also married Mary Clegg - Samual Clegg's daughter. Father of Richard and David.

Douglas Houghton MP


Lord Houghton of Sowerby




One of Harold Wilson's Government Ministers from the 1960's - he came to a Speech Day in 1969 or 1970.

When in the Lords he piloted the Animal Welfare Bill, which replaced the old Cruelty to Animals Act 1887, through Parliament. As far as I know, he is the only Old Scholar who has been en-elevated

Walter Beswick d. 2011 1944-52 President of the British Veterinary Association in 1988/89
His Honour Keith Matthewman QC



1947 -1954

Judge at Nottingham Crown Court. Now retired and subject of a book called 'A Judge Too Far - written by Narvel Annable. It is a biography and there is a chapter on his schooldays whilst at Long Eaton Grammar School. (see the Books Section on this website).

Author's website: www.narvelannable.co.uk

Mike Hoskin   1950s Became the founder
manager of BBC Radio Cornwall - one of the most successful of all local radio stations. He now lives just outside Truro
Professor Sir Harry Godwin, FRS




He went to Cambridge after school, stayed there, became Professor of Botany and was a leading expert on pollen counting. He is featured in the Natural History Museum, has a laboratory named after him etc. etc.
Edward Loxton Knight, b. 1905   a local professional artist, influenced by Sam Clegg who introduced him to Japanese wood cuts.
Professor Alton of Oxford and his wife

b. 1919

d. 2003


R E "Reggie" Alton, later to become fellow and tutor in English, and bursar, at St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Married in 1944 see below:

Jeannine Alton (nee Gentis )

b. 1922

d. 2007


Her obituary was in The Guardian recently and she was evidently an eminent French scholar at Oxford,and became and arts critic and an archivist. She and her future husband were the only scholars to get into Oxford at the time from the Long Eaton school.

On-Line Obituary

T C Sharman


    who was at the Foreign Office, an Ambassador
Paula Barsby MBE   1961 U6th Reunion organiser, magistrate for 37 years and involved with the Brownies for 52 years.

Roger Bissière    

Famous French Artist Roger Bissière - Art Teacher c.1911 - painted the Canterbury Pilgrims mural in Room 6.

Photo of Room 6 - The Chaucer Room,

Google Search for images of Bissiere's paintings

Judge Stuart Rafferty.   1969 U6th Judge Stuart Rafferty QC known for his forthright remarks when sentencing.
Arthur H. Lefebvre



  was an innovative leader in the development of science and engineering of the application of fuel sprays in gas turbine combustor systems.
Margaret Mellor   1951 U6th Margaret represented Great Britain at the World Student Games in Dortmund. She won the Bronze medal in the 4x100m women’s relay.