Welcome to the official website of The Hemel Hempstead School Alumni, dedicated to connecting, celebrating and engaging with ex-students and staff of The Hemel Hempstead School.

Its aim is to reach out to all HHS alumni and develop opportunities for them to connect and support each other, and the school.  Wherever you are in the world and whatever stage of life you’re at; the chances are that there’s an alumnus of The Hemel Hempstead School who could help you with your next step, or who would benefit from sharing your experiences since leaving school.

We are now working with the education charity Future First to build a thriving alumni community. Alumni can be brought back into school to offer careers and education advice, mentor students, be role models and much more.   To sign up to Future First please go to This is alongside our LinkedIn page, for former students and staff to communicate. We hope both these initiatives will grow and become a place for former students to reconnect with the school to share their experiences of their career and working life and inspire and encourage tomorrow’s workforce, through means of talks, mentoring, career activities, work experience or work shadowing and so on.  To join the LinkedIn alumni network, please log on to HHS Alumni Network

Notable alumni include:

  • Robert Burns, author, musician and Associate Professor in Music since 2001 at the University of Otago.
  • Air Vice-Marshal Carl Dixon, Commander from 2011-14 of the Joint Helicopter Command, Station Commander from 2002-04 of RAF Benson.
  • Prof Les Ebdon CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire from 2003-12, and former Professor of Analytical Chemistry from 1986-2003 at the University of Plymouth.  He is a Benedetti-Pichler medal winner and named in Debrett’s Britain’s 500 Most Influential People.
  • Rt Rev Allan Ewing, Anglican Bishop of Bunbury, Western Austalia.
  • Bruce Grocott, Baron Grocott, Labour MP from 1974-79 for Lichfield and Tamworth, from 1987-97 for The Wrekin and from 1997-2001 for Telford.
  • Prof Dale Sanders FRS, Professor of Biology from 1992-2010 at the University of York.
  • Josephine Tewson, actress, most famous for her roles in Keeping Up Appearances and Last of the Summer Wine and who was the wife of the late Leonard Rossiter.
  • Marc Bircham, ex-professional footballer who represented Millwall F.C., Queens Park Rangers and Yeovil Town, and now coaches the QPR Youth Team.
  • Matt Dickinson, film-maker and mountaineer, who climbed the North Face of Everest in 1996.
  • Pallab Ghosh, science correspondent for BBC News.
  • Prof Richard Grayson, historian, political activist, and cricket aficionado.
  • Genista McIntosh,Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall, labour peer who was casting director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, director of the Royal National Theatre and CEO of the Royal Opera House.
  • Catherine Murphy, represented Great Britain in 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, competing in the 4 × 400 m relay.
  • Jack Smith, professional footballer for Millwall who has also represented Watford F.C. and Swindon Town F.C. and younger brother of Tommy W. Smith.
  • Tommy W. Smith, a professional footballer who has represented Watford, Derby County, Sunderland and Portsmouth, and now plays for Queens Park Rangers.
  • Cauley Woodrow currently playing for Fulham, in the Sky Bet Championship, has also represented England at under-21 level.
  • Emma Saunders, BBC sports correspondent, Watford FC resident commentator and World Cup announcer.
  • Ian Dunbar, veterinarian and animal behaviorist, who is famous in the United States, where he now lives,  for his books and dog training television programmes.
  • Emma Johnson, rising star of musical theatre who most recently performed in 42nd Street.
  • Ondine Achampong, gymnast, who won Gold and Silver medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and Silver at the European Championships in the same year.

You can join the HHS Alumni by registering your details here.



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