Alumni

The Draytonians is the school’s alumni community. We were incredibly disappointed that the plans that we had put in place to celebrate the school’s 90th birthday back in November had to be put on hold due to Covid restrictions. As soon as we are able, we will be reinstating our plans which will include a week of celebrations for both past and present students.


We continue to work to strengthen the association we enjoy with former students. A great school is often measured by the achievements of its alumni, and they serve as both inspiration and support for subsequent generations of Draytonians.


Membership of the Draytonian Society is free, and will help you to maintain contact with the school and to keep in touch with fellow Draytonians. The Society will in turn help the School and its students by

  • Offering professional and career guidance to students
  • Establishing links around the world
  • Contributing to the School’s digital archive
  • Maintaining the standards and traditions you helped to build


Being part of The Draytonians also allows access to some fantastic features such as

  • Alumni news, featuring updates to the school, archive and notable Alumni achievements
  • Podcasts featuring interviews from Alumni
  • Tours of the school when Covid restrictions have been lefted
  • Access to the digital archive, and the option to donate to it


We believe that both former Draytonians and the School’s current students stand to gain enormously from a thriving Draytonian Society and invite you to register by filling out an application form by visiting the Alumni section of our website www.draytonmanorhighschool.co.uk/Alumni.


Former students of Drayton Manor include:

  • Steve McQueen (1983-88) Director - Turner Prize, Palme d’Or, BAFTA
  • Peter Crouch (1993-98) Footballer, selected for England in 2006 World Cup
  • Kamal Ahmed (1980-86) Economics Editor for the BBC
  • The Brand New Heavies Music Ensemble
  • Shaparak "Shappi" Khorsandi (1985-90) Comedienne
  • Vernon Coaker, Labour MP for Gedling
  • The Revd Professor Paul Fiddes, DD Theologian
  • Sir Michael Fox, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • Charles Palmer OBE, President of the International Judo Federation from1965–79
  • Rick Wakeman, Rock Musician.
  • Martin Hancock (1981-85) Actor, played 'Spider Nugent' in Coronation Street
  • Stephen Kinnock (1982-88) son of Neil Kinnock and husband of Danish PM
  • Holly Earl (2003-10) Actress, played 'Nita Clements' in Casualty
  • Jai Patel (2007-09) Rock Musician forThe Raven Age
  • Alan Mehdizadeh (1994-99) Actor, played 'Big Davey' in Billy Elliot, and 'Don' in Kinky Boots - both West-End productions 

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