Old Holmwoodians

It is in many ways the alumni who best epitomise the ethos of our school.

Our Old Holmwoodians have gone on to impressive careers in all spheres of industry, and we are always delighted when they come back to visit and share their experiences with our current pupils and the wider school community. You can learn about the range of career paths taken by our former pupils by clicking on the profiles further down.

If you are a former Holmwood pupil, we would love to hear from you and find out what you have been up to since leaving Holmwood House, and also encourage you to keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The door is always open at Holmwood House – we warmly welcome each and every old Holmwoodian back to visit us, to view the school as it is now, share your news and tell tales of times gone by.

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Old Holmwoodian Profiles

Career Profile: Musician (Class of 2009)

Harry J

Year Left: 2009

Current Occupation: Musician

Senior School: Framlingham College

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
I play lead guitar in a band called Far Caspian signed to record label, Dance To The Radio. This summer we played Leeds Festival to around 2000 people as well as releasing music played by BBC West Yorkshire, BBC Essex and Radio X.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Continuing playing In Far Caspian and Edgar Duke around the UK releasing music and playing shows.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Holmwood House?
Meeting my life long mates as well as playing in the school rock band.

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Joyous

Career Profile: Midwife (Class of 2012)

Abbey G

Year Left: 2012

Senior School: Ipswich School

Current Occupation: Student Midwife at University of Manchester

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Student Midwife! Getting to help women through their journey of pregnancy and delivering babies!

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
Holmwood taught me how to be a good person and it taught me skills of how to learn and develop myself into the person I wanted to be.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Holmwood House?
The School’s Birthday every year, fireworks, mission impossible, the animal game and the mugs game!

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Sensational

Career Profile: Teacher (Class of 2002)

Holly W

Year Left: 2002

Senior School: Felsted School and Uppingham (6th Form)

Current Occupation: Teacher

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
I?m currently teaching. It?s hard work but very rewarding!

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
It provided an all-round education and I made friends for life.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Holmwood House?
PGL week.

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Brilliant

Career Profile: Television Industry (Class of 2010)

Amy H

Year Left: 2010

Current Occupation: Television Production Secretary

Senior School: Framlingham College

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
I?m currently working in TV. I love being able to work across a variety of genres and meet a huge range of people through the different shows I have worked across.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Holmwood House?
The friends that I still keep in touch with now.

Career Profile: Graphic Designer (Class of 2010)

Karen H

Year Left: 2010

Current Occupation: Graphic Designer

Senior School: Framlingham College

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
I have been to university, graduated and I am now working in London.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Working in London in the design world. I love that I love what I do!

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
It taught me manners, focus and routine.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Holmwood House?
Boarding and sports.

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Happy

Career Profile: Actress (Class of 2006)

Georgie W

Year Left: 2006

Current Occupation: Actress

Senior School: St Marys

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of??
I graduated from Arts Educational Schools London with a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. Since then I have performed in several musicals in London and other parts of the UK and abroad. My proudest achievement is being in the original cast of The Wind in the Willows which toured the UK then transferred to the West End, as this was my first job out of drama school.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
I have just finished performing in The Sound of Music in Cyprus and now I?m back in England auditioning for other roles and teaching performing arts.

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
I left as an academic all-rounder, which was important,. but I was also able to build my love for performing as this was really encouraged throughout the school.

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Bonfire Night, School discos, performing in the school plays and concerts

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Family

Career Profile: Teaching (Class of 2009)

Holly M

Year Left: 2009

Current Occupation: Teacher Training

Senior School: Oundle

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
I studied biology at the University of York with a year abroad. While at uni I ran the Barcelona (3hrs 45mins) and Paris marathon which are my biggest achievements I would say. Even better – I beat my twin who got 3hrs 46mins in the London marathon.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Teaching – I love making those relationships with the children and feeling like I am making a difference.

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
It gave me independence and prepared me to be away from home while boarding weekly in my last year. It also gave me the desire to learn and motivated me to do well at school later on and in my everyday life.

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Boarding was great fun

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Wholesome

Career Profile: Charity Manager (Class of 2000)

Owen J

Year Left: 2000

Current Occupation: Charity Manager

Senior School: Ipswich School

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
Most notable is probably being President of the University of Leicester Students Union for two years

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Playing & watching cricket

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
Working with young people I know value more than ever the confidence that a Holmwood education gave me.

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
I was always proud representing the school via the sport teams

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Fun

Career Profile: Managing Director (Class of 1991)

Matthew K

Year Left: 1991

Current Occupation: Managing Director

Senior School: Felsted

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
Uni & Work. Proud of family, my business, and charity boxing.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Running family business and enjoying the variety & team work

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
Strong core values, I still have great friends I met in Pre-Prep, two I which I met in Mrs Landers ‘1s’ class.

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Enjoyed it ALL the way through from the 1’s, upwards. The final year & being a “special” was a highlight.

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Perfect

Career Profile: Student (Class of 2018)

James J

Year Left: 2018

Current Occupation: Student

Senior School: Ipswich School

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
A levels – the independence given in and out of lessons

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
They showed me the valuable life skills, dangers of the internet and how to face problems on your own.

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Boarding for the final week of Year 8

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Unforgettable

Career Profile: Journalist (Class of 1974)

Harry S

Year Left: 1974

Current Occupation: Journalist

Senior School: Sudbury Upper (now Ormiston Academy)

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
I have been a national newspaper journalist for many years. I have worked on many local papers and quite a few nationals (Daily Mail, Sunday Express, News of the World, The Sun, London Daily News, Sunday People etc). I was Senior Associate Editor of the News of the World for many years – up to the day of its closure. And I am now a Deputy Night Editor of The Sun (the daily) as well as being Night Editor of the Sun on Sunday.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am still a journalist. But, in that thin sliver I call my private life, I am a writer and pilot.

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
It taught me enough to get through my GCSEs, believe it or not. It also taught me standards and respect and the confidence that comes with knowing I understood both.

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Maths with the excellent Mr Duggan. Geography with ‘Peanut’, who it turned out was a war hero. The people – many of whom I now count amongst the best people on earth – my closest friends!

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
I loved it. And, of course, I like it more with the benefit of hindsight when I realise how much it gave me.

Career Profile: Radio Host (Class of 2014)

Lizzie S

Year Left: 2014

Current Occupation: Radio Host

Senior School: Ipswich School

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
I have competed at European triathlon for under 20s

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
I have a radio show with a couple of friends and I am looking to become a paramedic

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
It gave me the confidence to do what I love

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
The swimming galas

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Unique

Career Profile: Money Broker (Class of 1990)

Russel C

Year Left: 1990

Current Occupation: Money Broker

Senior School: Felsted

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
Married with 2 boys

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Raising the family and playing golf

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
Great social atmosphere

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Squash at break time

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Fun

Career Profile: Marketing and Advertising (Class of 1955)

Charles D

Year Left: 1955

Current Occupation: retired

Senior School: Westminster

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
40 years in advertising and marketing (from mailing boy to Managing Director/owner)

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
Enjoying sport for older age-groups (competitive swimming/triathlon/running) and being a better grandfather than I was father!

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
They were truly the most enjoyable years of my life – being a boarder with plenty of mates – what’s not to like?

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Being a bit naughty!

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Magic years

Career Profile: GP (Class of 1994)

Phil W

Year Left: 1994

Current Occupation: GP

Senior School: Charterhouse

What have you done since leaving school and what achievements are you most proud of?
Studied Anatomy & Developmental Biology; then studied Medicine. Trained as a renal transplant surgeon in London. Recently moved to Devon to retrain as a GP.

What are you doing now and what do you enjoy most about it?
GP in Devon, enjoying the slower pace and the beautiful scenery.

What is your fondest memory of Holmwood House?
Boarding – snowed in weekends!

In what ways did Holmwood House prepare you for life?
Social skills and an interest in science

How would you sum up your experience at Holmwood House in one word?
Inspirational


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