Former Pupils

Last updated: 04/08/2018

We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils. St. Mary's is a supportive environment conducive to success in the wider world. Many of the pupils below regularly return to school and help support our work such as the Bambisanani Partnership and Celebrating Achievement.

We are always keen to hear from former students about their achievements and career progression.  Please contact Mrs Tindall with news of your success and a photo if appropriate.  We can then get in contact and follow up on some more success stories.

“At St. Mary’s we aim to give all students support and encouragement in whatever they choose to do. It is not just about how famous somebody becomes, it is how they emerge from this school as a person. Hopefully, we give our students the confidence, encouragement and values to achieve whatever they want to do in life. I think that in every school there is talent – the success comes in how you nurture that talent, how you keep young people level-headed and make sure they don’t waste the gifts they have. Success is a combination of great teachers, supportive parents and making everyone feel happy and confident about themselves.

If students are happy, they will perform better: there is no secret ingredient.”

“The great thing is they’re so keen to support everybody.”
— Matthew Lewis, actor

“St. Mary’s was the place where it all started - it was a school that didn’t hold you back and encouraged you to work at your strengths.”
— Simon Rix, Kaiser Chiefs

“St. Mary’s gave me the opportunity to achieve academically whilst encouraging and supporting my development in sport. I enjoyed my years at St. Mary’s and will always be thankful for the opportunities given to me.”
— Aidan White, Leeds United and Republic of Ireland U21

“Students aspire to do well due to the support of their teachers and aspirations they have. Many recent students have become famous in their chosen area of work, such as acting in Hollywood films, joining renowned British pop groups, and excelling in national sports or performance in national ballet groups. This exemplifies the nurture given to students over recent years to become whatever it is they want to become.”
— Ofsted Report, November 2014

Photo: Matthew Lewis, Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


Photo: Christian Cooke, Hollywood Actor


Photo: Aidan White, Leeds United FC and Republic of Ireland U21, returns to St. Mary's to present the Jamie Payne-Ross Award in 2011

Photo: Verity Rushworth, Emmerdale and musical theatre actress

Photo: Three of the Kaiser Chiefs met in the same Year 7 class at St. Mary's


Notable Former Pupils

Name Area Description
Matthew Lewis Acting Neville Longbottom in the,Harry Potter film series / Film, TV and stage actor
Simon Rix Music Bass player for,Kaiser Chiefs
Nick Baines Music Keyboardist for,Kaiser Chiefs
Nick Hodgson Music Drummer for,Kaiser Chiefs (until 2012)
Christian Cooke Acting Hollywood Actor, Cemetery Junction; Romeo and Juliet; Love, Rosie
Tom Taiwo Sport Chelsea FC youth team/Falkirk/England U17 footballer
Joe Sayers Sport Yorkshire CCC / England Lions cricketer
Stuart Murphy TV Sky Director of Entertainment Channels / first Controller of BBC Three
Jordan Sinnott Sport Huddersfield Town footballer
Dominic North Dance Ballet dancer, StreetDance 3D
Aidan White Sport Leeds United FC /,Republic of Ireland U21 footballer
Joseph Dunwell Music Lead vocals and guitar for The Dunwells (band)
Dave Dunwell Music Vocals, guitar and keyboard for The Dunwells (band)
Rob Clayton Music Bass guitar for The Dunwells (band)
Niall Canavan Sport Scunthorpe United / Republic of Ireland U21 footballer
Time Linley Sport Surrey cricketer
Kate McCrickard Art Artist and author
David Wigley Sport Northamptonshire cricketer
Sean Conlon Music Member of boyband, 5ive
Verity Rushworth Acting Donna Windsor, Emmerdale, Musical theatre
Christopher Smith Acting Robert Sugden, Emmerdale, Hollywood director
Mark Hearne Acting Browny, Adam's Family Tree
Anthony Lewis Acting Tommy Brockless, Torchwood
Thomas McNulty TV Finalist in The Speaker BBC2
Luke Hendrie Sport Manchester United / England U17 footballer
Jordan McPhee Music Member of boyband,Billiam
Jordan Hendrie Sport Scotland U16 footballer
James Keinhorst Sport Leeds Rhinos / Germany national Rugby League team
Nick Keinhorst Sport Germany national Rugby League team
Markus Keinhorst Sport Germany national Rugby League team
Kristian Keinhorst Sport Germany national Rugby League team
Laura Power Acting Stage Actress
Niall Heaton Sport Liverpool F.C. Academy / England U16 footballer
Sade Malone Acting 4 O'Clock Club CBBC
Tom Holland Sport Manchester City FC/,Republic of Ireland U17 Footballer
Joanne Milner Business Chief Executive, Debrett’s, world renowned etiquette authority
Miss E Jackson Education Teacher, St. Mary's Menston
Monsignor Paul Grogan Priesthood Chaplain, Leeds Trinity University
Verity Mullan-Wilkinson Acting Best-actress award, British Independent Film Festival Awards, 2014
Benjamin Murphy Art Visual Artist
Callum Hall Sport Wheelchair Racer
Nadine Mulkerrin Acting Cleo McQueen, Hollyoaks
James Mason Business Chief Operating Officer, Bradford City FC
Dorothy Marie Brown CBE Civil Service Director of Operations, Personal Tax, HMRC
Luke Hudson Acting Acting in BBC TV Drama Five Days, BBC Radio 4 The Archers

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