A Packwood education has laid the foundation for future success for many former pupils. It is always a proud moment to learn of Old Packwoodians who have won places at Oxbridge, for example, and to hear of those who have gone on to achieve great things in their chosen careers.
Here are just some of the many high-flying OPs!
Four of the 2010 year group went on to win places at Oxbridge:
Edward Carroll – Worcester College, Oxford (Computer Science)
Ed says: Packwood most definitely formulated the beginnings of a lot of what I do now. Academically the excellent IT teaching and facilities helped push my love for Computer science, eventually leading me to Oxford to study it, and the musicals and choir really developed my love for singing, which has culminated in my choral scholarship at Worcester College. Most notable however was the tutelage of my form tutor, Peter Erskine, who really ignited the spark in me that made me want to learn and stretch myself in everything I do.
William Dorrell – Jesus College, Cambridge (Natural Sciences)
Cecy Price – Pembroke College, Oxford (Biology)
Islay Stacey – St Hilda’s College, Oxford (English)
Rhys Bevan – graduated from Oxford School of Drama in 2013 and has since found fame playing Toby Fairbrother in The Archers on BBC Radio 4
Rhys says: Packwood was a uniquely nurturing environment. Freedom of expression and creativity was encouraged and a wide variety of experiences was at your fingertips. I still remember quite vividly the productions of West Side Story, Joseph and Oliver! (among others) that I got to see and be involved in. It was my first exposure to a lot of these plays and possibly even my first experience of theatre. I was too shy to get any of the lead roles back then. But it certainly had an effect…
Fergus Macleod – Charles Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera. Fergus will conduct Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado in the 2015-16 season – the youngest conductor to lead a production since Mackerras himself.
Tom James MBE – double Olympic gold medallist men’s coxless four rowing Beijing 2008, London 2012
Tom spoke fondly of his time at Packwood when he visited in January 2013 to officially open the school’s newly resurfaced all-weather pitches: I am so grateful for all the sporting opportunities I enjoyed at Packwood. It was here that my love of sport was nurtured and encouraged and I’ve no doubt that the school’s fantastic facilities will help many more pupils develop their sporting potential. Who knows? There could well be future Olympic champions at Packwood right now.
Andrew Rowley – BBC sports broadcaster
Tom Salt – head chef at Manicomio in Chelsea
Fiona Stewart – consultant oncologist at Royal Marsden Hospital
Jonathan Wright – Reuters journalist and literary translator
Mark Goyder – Chief Executive and Founder of Tomorrow’s Company, an independent, business-led think tank described as “five years ahead of the pack in looking at what is needed in governance terms to make British companies sustainable wealth creators.” Author and award winning public speaker.
Robert Hardy CBE – actor famous for his starring roles in All Creatures Great and Small, the Harry Potter films and for his many portrayals of Winston Churchill. He was also a writer and his book ‘The Longbow’ is an authoritative text on the subject.
Christopher Gordon Horsfall Simon JP – British General Commissioner of Income Tax
Sir Frederick Ogilvie – Director-General of the BBC, 1938-1942