At Devizes School, we’ve been educating local people for over 50 years, shaping the lives of tens of thousands of people. We’re proud of the amazing and varied achievements of former Devizes School students.
We’re interested to hear more about what our ex students have done since leaving the school. Whether you were with us right at the start, or you’ve just left the school, we’d love to hear about your journey.
If you’re a former student, please fill in this form to tell us your story!
Below, take a look at what some of our leavers have been getting up to.
Jed Elliott - Left Devizes School 2009
Jed, currently a member of 'The Struts' attended Devizes School and 6th Form until summer 2009. Since leaving us Jed continued to play music and toured the country meeting many musicians. In 2011 he joined his current band 'The Struts.' The Struts were signed in 2015 to Interscope Records and now live in Los Angeles. He now tours the world with the band and has opened for The Rolling Stones, Guns n Roses and The Killers amongst others.
Jed says; ' Devizes School and the teaching staff were very encouraging and supportive when it came to being a young musician. I always thought that I was very fortunate to have a very welcoming environment in which I could shape a new interest. There weren't many people playing music in our year group and despite the fact we were truly awful musicians at the time, my friends and I felt really comfortable forming a real identity and the staff recognised a passion and celebrated it. The teachers would allow us to rehearse in classrooms on lunch breaks and perform in assemblies. My first ever gig was in the main hall at a Devizes School Rock Concert!
To keep up to date with news from Jed and The Struts follow them on twitter @JedStruts website:thestruts.com.
Charlotte Williams — Left Devizes School 2011
During her time at Devizes School, Charlotte achieved the following outstanding achievements:
- Devizes School best sports day performer 2009/2010.
- Devizes School sportswoman of the year 2010.
- 2010 – set a new record for Year 10 javelin. Previous school record had stood for 20 years, she is still the record holder.
Since leaving us Charlotte has been doing the following:
- Sep 2011-June 2013 Attended Myerscough College, Old Trafford, Manchester. Studied for BTEC advanced Level 3 Diploma in Cricket Studies and gained D* D* D* ‘Outstanding’.
- She was awarded the Myerscough Award for the class of 2011-13.
- 2011 – Trialled and selected for Cheshire County Women’s Cricket Team – still playing.
- 2011-current – Football for Urmston Meadowside Womens Football Club, Manchester – Managers player of the year 2015.
- Charlotte has attended Manchester Metropolitan University from Sep 2013- ending 2017. She is studying for her BA (Hons) in Sports Marketing and Management. She has been Manchester Metropolitan University sports Scholar – plays for 1stwomens football team.
- 1stJuly 2015 until July 2016. Performance Marketing Intern with Puma UK in London.
- In September 2016 Charlotte was selected for the MCC squad's tour of USA and Canada, a really great achievement!
Peter Vaughan — Left Devizes School 1989
Peter has made his name as a successful television chef and personality. He is also known locally for his Healthy Life Bistro and Cookery School in Devizes.
"I enjoyed my time at Devizes School. Although I was keen to leave as soon as possible because I knew that I wanted to be a chef and knew that to do that I needed to gain the best apprenticeship possible, that meant going to London at the tender age of 16!
Devizes School gave me such a great grounding that served me well during my years away from home at such a young age. My favourite subject was RE with John Hards. I was hooked on the link between food and religions and ironically it was the subject I excelled in along with Home economics!"
Tom Reed — Left Devizes School 2003
Tom Reed is currently representing Great Britain around the world in his quest for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Tom started training Judo at the prestigious Devizes Budo Club at 8 years old and trained there for almost 10 years. During this time whilst he attended Devizes School Tom won 2 national titles at his age group and represented GB at numerous international tournaments including the European Junior Championships. He trained up to 5 times a week at the Devizes Club whilst also completing his GCSEs and AS levels with the support of the school.
At 17 Tom moved on to Bath to complete his A levels and train full time at the University of Bath, where he would later complete his BSc in Business. Whilst at Bath Tom has been a high achiever for GBR, winning a host of international medals including a Gold at the 2013 Miami Grand Prix.
In 2014 Tom represented England at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and won a silver medal, an experience that has given him extra motivation to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
You can find Tom on Facebook or follow him on twitter at @tomreed86.
Rhianna Andrew — Left Devizes School 2013
Rhianna spent 6 years at Devizes School. She represented Wales from the age of 10 and Great Britain from 12. She is a double International representing Great Britain in both Trampolining and Double mini tramp. She has competed in numerous countries including Russia and the Czech Republic. She also has a European Bronze medal in trampolining.
During our Camp Xtra summer camp in August 2015, Rhianna returned to Devizes School on behalf of local charity Bag4Sport. She presented the school with a donation from the charity and delighted the youngsters with a fantastic trampolining display.
In September 2016 Rhianna held assemblies for Years 8 and 9. She spoke to students about working hard and not giving up, no matter how many obstacles are put in the way!
Great to see Rhianna in school again, inspiring our current students.
Ben Kitching-Morley — Left Devizes School 2014
Ben left Devizes 6th Form in 2014 after gaining 4 A* grades in, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. We are very pleased to say that he gained a place at Trinity Hall, Cambridge which was very well deserved.
Mr Glyn Evans (Head of Devizes 6th Form) received a letter from his Senior Tutor Dr Clare Jackson in September 2015. It reads:
‘Having reached the end of another academic year at Trinity Hall, I thought I would write to let you know how delighted we have been to have one of your former pupils, Ben Kitching-Morley, with us.
Having arrived in October 2014 to read Natural Sciences, Ben has made an excellent start to his university career, achieving a First Class in his first-year exams. He has shown great enthusiasm for the course, contributing well to supervisions and producing work of a high standard throughout the year.
We thought you would be interested to hear of Ben’s success and we look forward to receiving applications from others at Devizes School who show the same academic promise and potential’
Jemima Duxberry — Left Devizes School 2012
Written by Jemima:
Since leaving Devizes School I have gone on to study Sports Performance at the University of Bath to go on to be a P.E. Teacher in the future. Miss Beck is the teacher who has inspired me to follow this career choice after being my P.E. teacher when I was at Devizes School.
‘ I am currently on the Great Britain senior team and since leaving Devizes School I have fought at 2 Junior European Championships and 1 Junior World Championships where I placed 7th. Next year I am hoping to compete in the University Europeans and the under 23 Europeans. I'm also aiming to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Without the help of juggling sport and education when I was at school - from Mr Irons, Mrs Hutchinson, Miss Beck and Miss Darling (amongst others) I wouldn't have been able to be as successful in my education as I am in my sport. ‘
You can follow Jemima on twitter @JemDuxberry70
Sarah Bridewell (nee Burton) — Left Devizes School 1989
Sarah Bridewell (nee Burton) started her life at Devizes School in September 1984 and also attended Devizes 6th Form.
She became Mayor of Devizes in May 2014 serving for one year in the post after a year as Deputy Mayor, she still remains as a Town councillor in Devizes to this date and serves of many of its committees.
Sarah has re visited Devizes School on several occasions during her time as mayor and has taken part in events such as our school Careers Fair and the opening of our solar panels assisted by Claire Perry.
Stephen Box — Left Devizes School 2006
Stephen Box is a competition and bodybuilding coach and physique consultant, helping people achieve their goals & change their body composition in a healthy, scientific & realistic time frame. Stephen's educational background and interest in nutrition stems from Devizes School 6th form and then going onto a BSc at the University of Bath and Stephen is now studying with the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
2015 saw the start of Stephen's UK tour of seminars. Lecturing at Loughborough University, Edinburgh and Leicester, Glasgow & Manchester on the scientific, natural approach to building muscle, fat loss and changing body composition.
Stephen has been working as an online coach full time for the last 3 years and have worked with over a hundred clients over the years and he has refined an evidence based approach coaching method with an array of experience to help his clients reach their potential.
Stephen loves to work with those who are serious about developing their body composition with the end
goal of either doing a photoshoot or competing. On a personal level Stephen has a huge passion for bodybuilding and have been lucky enough to travel over the globe to compete at some of the largest shows with some fantastic results.
- 2012 - Winning the title of Mr Great Britain Mr International
- 2013 - 4th at Miami Pro (fitness model)
- 2013 - 2nd at Body Power’s Fit Factor (fitness model)
- 2014 - 7th at the WBFF South Africa (fitness model)
- 2015 - 1st place UKBFF Model division (fitness model)
- 2015 - 5th place IFBB Model division (fitness model)
Stephen has also been working in the fashion industry for the last 8 years and have modelled for some of the world’s largest fashion houses such as Dirk Bikkemberg's, NEXT, The Watch Shop TV Commercial, Kooga Rugby, and Ronhill to name a few. Working in a mixture of photoshoots, fashion campaigns, TV Commercials, catalogues and catwalks.
Stephen pictured above at the Devizes 6th Form Presentation Evening in December 2015.
James Godwin — Left Devizes School 2017
Throughout his school life, James was always there at the light and sound desk with the Drama Faculty, in school hours and in his own time during evenings and holidays. His hard work really paid off when he was selected as one of the lucky few who study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He continues to study at the world- renowned college and is currently in his third year.
James had always dreamt of studying at RADA and hoped that he would be selected for one of only 36 places worldwide. Out of the thousands of applications received they were so impressed with James that they immediately offered him a place.
James thanks IT Support Manager, Ian Mullings and Head of CAPA Faculty Stuart MacFarlane for their support and help over his school years. ‘Ian has taught me everything I know, I would personally like to thank him for the experience and knowledge of the industry that he provided and Stuart MacFarlane for the opportunity to showcase my skills and work on various school productions’.