Oakwood Alumni

Welcome to the alumni section of the website.

At Oakwood High School, we value our connection with our former pupils.  We share the achievements and experiences of our alumni with pupils, staff and the local community.


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JOHN HAMPSHIREAn English cricketer and umpire, who played eight tests and three one day Internationals for England between 1969 and 1975. He played first class cricket for Yorkshire from 1961 to 1981, and for Derbyshire from 1982 to 1984. Overseas, he was a successful captain of Tasmania in the period before the state was included in the Sheffield Shield.
He was also appointed President of Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 2016, serving until his death.

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GERVASE PHINN An English author and educator. After a career as a teacher he became a schools inspector and, latterly, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teeside.

He has published five volumes of memoir, collections of poetry and a number of books about education. He has a particular interest in children's literature and literacy.

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JAMES MAYAn English television presenter and journalist. He is best known as a co-presenter of the motoring programme Top Gear alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from 2003 until 2015. As of 2016 he is a director of the production company W.Chump & Sons (founded July 2015) and is also a co-presenter in the television series The Grand Tour for Amazon, alongside his former Top Gear colleagues, Clarkson and Hammond, as well as former producer Andy Wilman.

May has presented other programmes on themes including science and technology, toys, wine culture, and the plight of manliness in modern times. He wrote a weekly column for The Daily Telegraphs's motoring section from 2003 to 2011.

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DEAN ANDREWS A British actor. He is most famous for his role as DS Ray Carling in the BBC Television drama Life on Mars. He continued the role in the show's 2008 sequel series, Ashes to Ashes, until 2010. He played Michael Negal, a homeless character who is taken in by Father Brown (The Star of Jacob, 2016) and who turns out to be a talented singer who saves the day when the annual Christmas pageant is threatened. It is suggested that he is an angel and his assistance is heavenly. He also appeared as Steve (Kinchie) Kinchin in BBC two part series of The Moorside 2017.

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JUSTINE GREENING A British politician of the Conservative Party serving as Secretary of State for Education from 2016–2018. She was elected MP for Putney in the 2005 general election. In 2013, she was listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.

She was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010 and then Secretary of State for Transport in October 2011. In September 2012, she was replaced by Patrick McLoughlin at the Department for Transport, and became Secretary of State for International Development. On 14 July 2016, she replaced Nicky Morgan as Secretary of State for Education in Theresa May's first government, a post she held until she resigned in the January 2018 Cabinet reshuffle.

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NICK BANKSA drummer in the British band, Pulp. 

Nick started playing drums aged 14 and was inspired by Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols and Blondie's Clem Burke.

In their early years he saw many of Pulp's performances in Sheffield and eventually joined the group in 1986. He joined because they were his favourite band.

Banks also played drums in a Sheffield-based band called Pollinates.

Since 2007 he has been managing Banks Pottery, a family-owned business which was previously run by his mother. He also plays regularly in Sheffield's Everly Pregnant Brothers and remains a member of Pulp.

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JAMES WILSON - The Sleep Lab. Highly motivated Sleep Industry Expert and Qualified Sleep Practitioner who combines an unrivalled knowledge of the sleep product market with work as a practitioner offering sleep coaching to individuals and businesses and sleep training services to many different corporate sectors.

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SIR MICHAEL JOHN TOMLINSON CBE, Former Chief Inspector for Schools, England -
The chair of the Working Group for 14-19 Reform which has been commissioned by the British Government to look into reform of the syllabus and qualifications structure for 14- to 19-year-olds in the English education system. He is also a governor of the University of Hertfordshire, a member of the boards of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the National Assessment Agency, a member of the Public Engagement group of the Science Museum, and a fellow and a member of the council of the Royal Society of Arts. Since 2008, he has been chief adviser for London Schools in the Department for Children, Schools and Families. 

BRIAN HIRST - Ex Rotherham United Football player. Brian was amongst the first intake of students when Oakwood Technology High School for boys opened in 1952. He was the first pupil to play for and Captain Rotherham school boys under 15's in 1954.  In 1958, Brian signed as a part-time professional for Rotherham United.